Magdalena Pistorius

Agrifood 24-11-2021

NEWBIE on the block: How support networks can encourage farming debutants

The lack of young farmers remains a major challenge for the agrifood world. EURACTIV takes a look at a new project exploring how newcomers can be supported in establishing resilient and sustainable farm businesses across Europe.
Agrifood 22-11-2021

Everything you need to know ahead of the CAP final vote

It's crunch time for the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), with lawmakers in the European Parliament set to give their green light to the reform of the EU's farming policy once and for all on Tuesday (23 November). So, what should you know ahead of the vote?
Agrifood 18-11-2021

French farmers endorse carbon farming but highlight transition costs

With its low carbon strategy, the French government aims to green agriculture through the development of carbon sequestration in soils. French farmers salute the strategy but call for stronger aids for the transition to be financially sustainable.
Agrifood 08-11-2021

French beekeepers call for immediate ban on common herbicide to help ailing sector

French beekeepers have called for a ban on the second most widely used herbicide, profulscarb, saying that this is needed to protect the ailing sector which is reeling from the worst honey harvest to date. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 08-11-2021

Industry, NGOs clash over role of genetics in agricultural transition

While the French seed industry, the government, and the European Commission agree on the need to develop crop varieties further, NGOs have warned of risks linked with deregulating new genomic techniques.
Agrifood 29-10-2021

Farm to Fork studies do not give ‘whole picture’, agri stakeholders warn

Agricultural productivity could decline if several studies on Farm to Fork policy impact are to be believed. But critics say the studies do not paint the whole picture and the EU's flagship food policy is on the right track.
Agrifood 28-10-2021

Farmers will not ‘sit around and wait’ amid uncertainty over CAP strategic plans

European farmers’ leeway for planning the changes needed to implement Common Agricultural Policy's new green architecture is shrinking, as it remains uncertain whether all member states will submit the national strategic plans on time.
Agrifood 21-10-2021

French agencies to check pesticide exposure of residents in wine-growing areas

France's food and public health agencies, Anses and Santé Publique France, have announced that they would be launching a study on pesticide exposure among people living in wine-growing areas. The issue is of growing concern in France and the EU.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2021

Macron presents France’s 2030 objectives, backed by €30 billion

French President Emmanuel Macron presented a massive investment plan, “France 2030”, on Tuesday (12 October). Backed by €30 billion, the plan will support innovation in flagship projects such as small-scale nuclear reactors and the first low-carbon aircraft.
Agrifood 07-10-2021

EU market protection, farmers’ income dominate French livestock summit talks

During France's upcoming EU Council presidency, reciprocity will be the name of the game for its Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, who took the opportunity during a recent agricultural summit to emphasise the importance of protecting the European market and farmers' wages
Agrifood 01-10-2021

French mega-basins project defended by agriculture minister ‘worries’ Commission

The European Commission is worried about a project that aims to build agricultural mega-basins in France's Poitou-Charentes region. While farmers, activists, residents and Green MEPs see it as "water grabbing", French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie see it as smart water management.
Elections 30-09-2021

After ‘Mercron’: What German elections could mean for the Franco-German tandem

With the Merkel era coming to an end, both the Franco-German relationship and the tandem’s role in the EU are at a watershed. For the moment, however, France seems to be holding its breath.
Agrifood 24-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Got (bio) milk?

After riding high on a wave of rapidly growing consumer demand for more organic products, the French 'bio' milk branch is facing an unprecedented decline in demand this year.
French agriculture
Agrifood 24-09-2021

New German arable strategy fails to impress environmentalists, organic farmers

Although Germany's annual harvest and arable farming report was revised at the end of August to take account of the climate crisis, it still includes changes that remain just 'symbolic politics' for environmentalist NGOs and organic farmers.
Agrifood 22-09-2021

How will Germany implement the CAP’s green targets?

EU farm ministers agreed to a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in July that favours "greener" farming practices, with terms like "eco-schemes" and environmental "conditionality" taking centre stage during the negotiations. But what does this concretely mean for German agriculture? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 20-09-2021

From Chirac to Macron: The four Franco-German duos of the Merkel era

Following Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent visit to France for her last working dinner with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, EURACTIV France takes a look at the past four "leadership couples" at the heart of Franco-German relations.
Agrifood 13-09-2021

Macron announces new French crop insurance scheme

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to create a new crop insurance system, with a budget of €600 million per year, which will be simpler, faster and more efficient.

Macron to push for pesticide phase-out during EU presidency stint

France will push for "an accelerated phase-out of pesticides" at the EU level when it takes on the rotating EU Council Presidency in January 2022, President Emmanuel Macron told the World Conservation Congress which opened in Marseille this week
Agrifood 30-07-2021

French egg industry backs chick culling ban, calls for EU-wide extension

After French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie announced a ban on the crushing of male chicks, questions arose as to how feasible such a move would be, particularly regarding the cost and adopted technique. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 22-07-2021

France’s climate law takes aim at fertilisers, meat on school menus

France's long awaited climate law will introduce a series of measures impacting the agricultural sector, including to reduce the use of nitrogen based fertilisers and to encourage more vegetarian menus in school canteens. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 21-07-2021

Germany, France call on EU countries to also ban culling of male chicks

France and Germany are now calling on other EU countries to follow their lead in banning the controversial practice of culling male chicks, which both countries pledged to end from January 2022. EURACTIV France and EURACTIV Germany report.
Agrifood 01-07-2021

Eco-score makes its entry in EU’s front-of-pack labelling debate

The European Commission registered on Wednesday (30 June) a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) calling for a "European eco-score" to inform consumers about the ecological impact of different products amid growing support for such a move in France. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 30-06-2021

France still has mixed feelings over compromise CAP deal

After the 27 EU agriculture ministers agreed in principle on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Monday (28 June), following months of tough negotiations, not everyone in France is happy with the result. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-06-2021

Tensions grow in France over recovery plan cohesion policy clash

Tensions are mounting in France over crossovers between the country's €100 billion plan to recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic and the European Union's cohesion policy, with regions complaining they have not been sufficiently consulted.