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10/12/2016

EEA urges for ‘systemic’ approach to environment, health concerns

Topic: Nutrition and health


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Agriculture & Food 21-11-2016

What role for positive nutrition in the future?

With the rise of obesity, food and nutrition have become a high-priority topic on the EU agenda.
Agriculture & Food 15-11-2016

New GM crops once again fail the safety test

As the world focuses elsewhere, two untested varieties of genetically modified maize are slowly manoeuvring their way through the legislative hoops of the European institutions towards Europe’s fields, writes Mute Schimpf.  
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.
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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.
Development Policy 10-06-2016

Tony Simons: Agroforestry is a 'win-win' for developing nations

Agroforestry is a "back to the future" concept, advocating a return to the origins of farming —trees and fields— rather than the modern concept of huge monocultures, says Tony Simons.
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 06-06-2016

What has the EU ever done for my… dinner?

We take the food on our plates so much for granted that we tend to forget that the EU engineered a secure supply after a period of shortage, disruption and even famine within Europe.
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).
Health & Consumers 25-04-2016

Study: ‘Fat tax’ made Denmark healthier

The short-lived Danish levy on fatty foods was heavily criticised when it was first introduced in October 2011. But research shows that the fat tax achieved its objective in changing Danish grocery shopping habits, and saving lives.
Agriculture & Food 15-04-2016

Mars Food tells consumers not to eat their products on a daily basis

The manufacturer behind household-name food brands such as Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s, Mars Food, has decided to include consumer guidance on its packaging on which of its products can be consumed ‘everyday’ and which only ‘occasionally.'.
Health & Consumers 06-04-2016

Finland tops Europe's first-ever ‘Nanny State’ index

Finland is the most heavily regulated country in Europe when it comes to alcohol, food and drinks, e-cigarettes and tobacco laws, followed by Sweden, the UK and Ireland, according to a new Nanny State Index published on Tuesday (5 April).
Agriculture & Food 30-03-2016

Germany plans ‘smart’ packaging to cut food waste

Germans throw away 82kg each in food waste every year, despite much of it still being edible. Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt (CSU) wants things to change and to abolish the expiration date on packaging in favour of more scientific alternatives. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 07-07-2015

Milan Expo explores fortified food as solution to malnutrition

Fortified foods could become part of the solution to malnutrition and address food security concerns, according to experts at this year's Milan Expo. EurActiv reports from Milan.
Health & Consumers 08-05-2015

Germany needs national strategy to tackle diabetes epidemic, experts say

Diabetes is a growing threat in Germany, with experts criticising the country’s negligence in dealing with the disease, and calling for the creation of a national diabetes plan to prevent it from spreading further. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Health & Consumers 01-04-2015

Commission applauds beer industry's move on labelling

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Beer drinkers across Europe will soon be able to find out the detailed calorie and nutrition content of their drinks after four of the world's biggest brewers announced last week that they will make the information available.
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Health & Consumers 31-03-2015

Consumers in the dark over alcoholic drinks content

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Consumer knowledge about the nutritional value and ingredients contained in alcoholic beverages is limited, according to a new survey published last week.
Health & Consumers 06-02-2015

Commission opens inquiry into Danish 'fat tax'

The European Commission suspects that Denmark's so-called 'fat tax', introduced in 2011 but scrapped a year later, could be considered illegal state aid.
Agriculture & Food 28-07-2014

Even in wealthy nations, malnutrition is a serious public health problem

Vitamin deficiencies and inadequacies not only harm health, they contribute to high healthcare costs, reduce productivity and stifle economic growth, writes Manfred Eggersdorfer.
Agriculture & Food 28-07-2014

'Fat taxes' do work, EU report finds

Specific taxes on sugar, salt or fat do cause reductions in consumption, the European Commission found in a new report. But higher taxes may also merely encourage consumers to go for cheaper products, it warned.
Agriculture & Food 28-07-2014

Commission needs to comply with promised launch of sustainable food communication

The promised launch of the Communication on Sustainable Food by the European Commission, initially planned for 2013, has once again been postponed. This is a significant set back for the much-needed reevaluation of Europe’s food system, write a group of NGOs.
Sustainable Dev. 11-07-2014

EEA urges for ‘systemic’ approach to environment, health concerns

Governments need to study the connections between health and environmental concerns, which could save them money and improve societal well-being over the longer term, according to the European Environment Agency.