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MEP Huitema: EU should use CAP to reduce dependence on farm subsidies

Topic: food safety

Commission’s endocrine disruptor plan is illegal, inadequate and woefully late

European Commission draft rules to identify and ultimately ban endocrine disrupters are illegal because they clash with existing pesticide and biocide regulations, Alice Bernard writes. The environmental lawyer warned that EU judges could throw out the changes to the long-awaited scientific criteria for the chemicals.
Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

Glyphosate: Understanding the controversy

The debate over glyphosate has not been a scientific discussion but an activists’ war against ‘Big Agri’. Glyphosate is scientifically proven to be safe and should be re-authorised, writes André Heitz.
Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

EU plant breeding ‘saved’ millions of hectares of extra farmland: report

The Pan-European Farmers’ Association (Copa-Cogeca) said on Thursday (28 July) that innovation in plant breeding should be further encouraged in order to help the EU combat hunger and malnutrition worldwide.
Agriculture & Food 01-07-2016

Food donation should be the norm, industry says

European food banks and business organisations have joined forces to promote food donations in an effort to tackle waste.
Agriculture & Food 29-06-2016

Commission prolongs glyphosate licence by 18 months

The European Commission has decided to extend the licence for glyphosate by 18 months, after member states failed to achieve a qualified majority in favour or against the executive’s proposal.
Agriculture & Food 24-06-2016

Commission expected to decide on glyphosate’s immediate future

The European Commission will most likely be tasked with ending glyphosate temporary deadlock, as member states’ ambiguous stance has blocked a decision on the issue.
Agriculture & Food 22-06-2016

Animal health matters: Can EU legislation deliver?

Disease outbreaks such as Ebola and avian influenza serve as a stark reminder that human and animal health will always be inter-connected, writes Roxane Feller.
Agriculture & Food 17-06-2016

EU food products found to contain unlabelled nanomaterials

Tests have revealed that nanomaterials are present in our food, and manufacturers are not fulfilling their obligation to label them. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Trade & Society 15-06-2016

TTIP talks bogged down in food standards debate

Seemingly insurmountable differences in food standards are threatening to sink trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union.  EurActiv Spain reports.
Agriculture & Food 10-06-2016

Italian olive-growers denounce 'Pontius Pilate' EU plan

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has officially backed drastic measures adopted by the EU to combat a bacteria infection that is decimating Italy's olive crop. EurActiv’s partner Italia Oggi reports.
Agriculture & Food 08-06-2016

Climate-smart agriculture: More than just greenwashing?

Ahead of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture's second forum, numerous associations have criticised the group, citing the prevalence of greenwashing and lack of actual positive impact on climate change. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 08-06-2016

Green Growth Forum tackles food waste

An international coalition launched a new tool to measure global food waste on Monday (6 June). It is hoped that the Food Loss and Waste Protocol will help halve food waste and significantly cut carbon emissions. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Agriculture & Food 06-06-2016

Member states 'hiding' behind Brussels on glyphosate

A vote on whether to extend EU-wide authorisation for the controversial weedkiller Glyphosate has exposed reluctance among member states to take a clear position on a defining issue for European agriculture.
Agriculture & Food 24-05-2016

EU's decision on beef and ethanol 'disrespected' Mercosur countries

The EU’s decision to exclude beef and ethanol from its trade offer to Mercosur countries was “disrespectful” toward Latin America, according to the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA).
Agriculture & Food 17-05-2016

UN panel now says Monsanto weedkiller 'unlikely' to cause cancer

The controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which is used by Monsanto in its herbicide Roundup, is "unlikely" to cause cancer, a United Nations finding said Monday, in a blow to critics who have called for its ban.
Agriculture & Food 13-05-2016

Farmers: Mercosur deal will hit EU agricultural exports 'tremendously'

EU farmers are concerned about recently re-launched trade negotiations with Mercosur trade bloc, claiming that European agricultural exports will be negatively affected.
Health & Consumers 12-05-2016

Parliament once again demands the Commission introduces origin labelling

The European Commission should come up with legislative proposals for mandatory country origin labelling of certain foods, such as milk, dairy and meat products, MEPs said in another resolution on the matter on Thursday (12 May).

Trade body: Don't lump 'new plant breeding techniques' in with GMOs

If new plant breeding techniques fall under GMO legislation, SMEs in Europe will be severely hit, Dr Teresa Babuscio said in an interview with
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Health and consumer groups say TTIP leak confirms fears

The leaked documents of current US positions in the ongoing transatlantic trade talks have made health and consumer rights organisations wary that EU legislation could still be watered down under the agreement.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

France, US exchange warnings over agriculture in trade pact

French President François Hollande threatened on Sunday (1 May) to reject the ambitious TTIP trade pact if it endangers the future of French agriculture, triggering similar warnings from the US regarding exports of farm produce to Europe
Trade & Society 29-04-2016

EU and US say they don’t aim at ‘TTIP-light’

US and European Union trade officials said yesterday (28 April) they would not settle for a limited trans-Atlantic free trade deal that ignores deep divisions on agricultural products, services, public procurement and dispute resolution.
Agriculture & Food 27-04-2016

Food safety watchdog won't discuss funding shortfall with Health Commissioner

The EU's food safety watchdog faces a funding shortfall over the next five years but will not discuss the issue with Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis when he visits its Parma headquarters for the first time today (27 April).

EFSA wants to review the chemical BPA, again

A new report on the chemical compound Bisphenol A (BPA) has forced the EFSA, the EU's food safety watchdog, to review the effects of the chemical on human health once more.
Agriculture & Food 11-04-2016

MEP Huitema: EU should use CAP to reduce dependence on farm subsidies

The EU's Common Agricultural Policy should focus on investments to become more competitive in the global market and get less dependent on subsidies, MEP Jan Huitema told in an interview.