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22/01/2017

Commission announces platform on better management of food waste

Topic: Food chain sustainability


Agriculture & Food 20-01-2017

Organic farmers call for sustainability-driven CAP payments

The EU Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU) yesterday (19 January) sent a letter to EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan, calling for a “fundamentally new approach” to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Agriculture & Food 18-01-2017

EU proposes to halve food waste in Europe by 2030

People are being urged to support calls by a major pan-European group to halve ‘farm to fork’ food waste in Europe by 2030, on the eve of a landmark vote later this month. EurActiv's partner The Guardian reports.

EFSA boss: Trust in integrity of science has a cost

Studies on the safety of GMOs, glyphosate or other pesticides could enjoy higher levels of trust from the general public if there were stronger guarantees that the science behind them is really independent, says Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

EFSA: Glyphosate ban debate ‘legitimate’ but not about science

The debate on the toxicity of pesticides and the role of big multinationals in agriculture is a legitimate one to have, says Bernhard Url, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). But it goes beyond the realm of science, he told EurActiv in an interview, calling on politicians to assume their responsibilities and make their own decisions.
Agriculture & Food 09-01-2017

Neurological study: Mediterranean diet helps brain health

Older people who don’t follow a “Mediterranean diet” are more likely to have a higher loss of total brain volume over time, new scientific research has found.
UK & Europe 04-01-2017

UK promises scrapping ‘three-crops’ farm rule post-Brexit

The UK’s new agriculture minister has promised a major scrapping of EU farming regulation - including key green measures - after it leaves the bloc.
Agriculture & Food 23-12-2016

McGuinness: The balance between science and public opinion is ‘difficult’

Scientists should be more open about their findings, and lawmakers need to take the time to read and reflect on them. But today, with the rise of social media, it is difficult to strike the right balance between science and public opinion, MEP Mairead McGuinness told EurActiv.com.
Agriculture & Food 23-12-2016

Agricultural innovation: A driver for sustainability?

As the global population continues to grow, lawmakers are looking for innovation-driven solutions to feed the world while addressing the environmental impact of agriculture.  

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Agriculture & Food 22-12-2016

Spanish agriculture in numbers

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SPECIAL REPORT / Spain is home to almost one million agricultural and livestock businesses, covering 30 million hectares of land and employing some 750,000 people.
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Agriculture & Food 16-12-2016

‘Zero kilometre’ food products start to take Spain by storm

SPECIAL REPORT / Concepts like "100% local" and "zero kilometer" products are now on an upward trend in Spain and are forcing the food industry to rethink how it does business. EurActiv’s partner EFEAgro reports.
Agriculture & Food 15-12-2016

José Bové: ‘The purpose of agriculture is to feed our citizens’

The European executive will reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by the end of 2017. José Bové and Éric Andrieu argue for an agricultural system that puts the environment, human health and small businesses first. EurActiv’s partner Ouest France reports.
Trade & Society 09-12-2016

Europe, US trade officials lobby China on food safety rule

European and US government and trade officials say they have been lobbying hard against a draft Chinese regulation on food imports, worried it would hamper billions of dollars of shipments to the world's No.2 economy of everything from pasta to coffee and biscuits.
Agriculture & Food 08-11-2016

FAO prepares to open carbon markets to the milk sector

Small-scale milk producers could soon have access to the carbon markets, thanks to a new methodology developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Agriculture & Food 04-11-2016

Time for EU rabbit farming to enter the 21st century

Raising rabbits for food used to be a back yard enterprise. Not anymore, writes Olga Kikou, who urges the adoption of EU-wide standards to improve the living condition of farmed rabbits in Europe.
Agriculture & Food 04-11-2016

Let’s ‘meat’ in the middle on climate change

The contribution of animal-source foods to global warming cannot be ignored. But encouraging everyone to become vegetarian or even vegan can’t be the silver bullet solution envisioned by some, argues Polly Ericksen.
Agriculture & Food 31-10-2016

Hard to swallow: Breaking the EU taboo on healthy, sustainable diets

The European Commission has consistently failed to deliver commitments on promoting healthy and sustainable diets. New plans to increase rather than reduce meat consumption are proving difficult to stomach, argues Dr Joanna Swabe.
Agriculture & Food 20-10-2016

The EU’s promotion of meat consumption is misguided, Mr Hogan

Ever since he took office, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has promoted the interests of the livestock sector while ignoring health warnings and environmental concerns over meat consumption, writes Olga Kikou.
Agriculture & Food 19-10-2016

Central Europe discovers the potential of bioeconomy

Today, bioeconomy is a necessity, said Slovak Minister of Agriculture Gabriela Matečná. Central and Eastern Europe is still lagging behind in its uptake, but the key to the transition may be in the regions. EurActiv Slovakia reports.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

Malmström backs EU whistleblower over Thai labour rights

EU Trade Commission Cecilie Malmström on Thursday (6 October) strongly backed the British labour rights activist who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand, for which he received a three-year suspended jail sentence.
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Agriculture & Food 29-09-2016

Industrial agriculture threatens to drive German smallholders into ruin

SPECIAL REPORT / The existence of many farms is dependent on economic pressure and competition brought by larger scale holdings. More and more German farms are being driven into ruin and the environment is paying a hefty price too. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 29-09-2016

Why don’t Denmark and Germany want to save Baltic cod?

Western Baltic cod is on the brink of collapse while politicians shirk responsibility, writes Lasse Gustavsson.
Agriculture & Food 27-09-2016

Avoiding milk losses with healthier cows

One in three dairy cows in Europe suffer from disease, causing more than five billion milk servings to be discarded annually, writes Ramiro Cabral.
Agriculture & Food 02-09-2016

France seeks renewed ‘legitimacy’ for EU farm policy post-Brexit

In light of an unprecedented farming crisis, EU agriculture ministers will gather in France today (2 September) to exchange views on the future role of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after Britain's decision to leave the 28-country bloc.
Agriculture & Food 04-08-2016

Commission announces platform on better management of food waste

In an effort to meet its UN food waste goal by 2030, the European Commission has announced the creation of a new platform on food loss and waste.