Natasha Foote

Agrifood 02-04-2020

Innovation spurred by COVID-19 crisis highlights ‘potential of small-scale farmers’

the recent coronavirus outbreak has put an enormous strain on the EU whole agri-food sector and especially on small-scale producers. However, farmers have been rapidly innovating to create novel means of selling their produce to keep themselves afloat.
Agrifood 02-04-2020

Seasonal workers, CAP and COVID-19, Farm to Fork

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. Following concerns regarding a shortage of labour in the agri-food sector, the European...
Agrifood 02-04-2020

EU recommends keeping borders open as agri-labour conundrum looms large

Following concerns regarding a shortage of labour in the agri-food sector, the Commission has issued new practical advice to ensure that seasonal workers can travel to work in critical occupations.
Agrifood 31-03-2020

The effects of COVID-19 on agriculture in the EU

In this special edition of the agrifood podcast, EURACTIV's agrifood team explores the impact of the recent coronavirus outbreak on EU agriculture and the bloc's main farming subsidies programme, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Coronavirus 30-03-2020

Severe COVID-19 cases to be offered new clinical trial programme

Clinical trials of the efficacy of using rheumatoid arthritis drug, Kevzara, in patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19 have been expanded to include the EU.
Agrifood 27-03-2020

EPP calls for further postponement of Farm to Fork strategy

The European People's Party (EPP) group has called for another postponement of the planned Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) until at least after the summer, citing the "crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic", but its position has been met with criticism from some stakeholders.
Agrifood 26-03-2020

COVID-19 fallout, seasonal workers, CAP contingency plan

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. EU agriculture ministers have called for further specific and targeted measures to address...
Agrifood 26-03-2020

Farmers warn of far-reaching COVID-19 effects on EU agriculture

A new report from farmers’ association COPA-COGECA outlines the multi-faceted ways in which COVID-19 is leaving its mark on the agricultural sector, from flower growers to meat producers.
Agrifood 26-03-2020

Open-air markets ban: Another blow to struggling small farmers

Local farmers' markets have become the latest coronavirus casualty after France took the decision to close open-air markets as a further measure curb the spread of coronavirus. However, the move has proved controversial given that it stands to disproportionately affect small producers.
Agrifood 25-03-2020

COVID-19 measures could cause ‘devastating’ labour shortage in EU farming

Europe’s farming sector could face a dramatic shortfall in workers as a consequence of the border restrictions put in place to stem the spread of novel coronavirus, which could lead to “devastating” impacts, according to Pekka Pesonen, secretary-general or farmers association COPA-COGECA. 
Agrifood 20-03-2020

COVID-19: Agri-food sector calls on EU to avert agricultural disruption

Europe's ability to provide food depends on the preservation of the Single Market, agri-food stakeholders stressed in a joint statement published on Thursday (19 March) and directed to the European Commission.
Agrifood 19-03-2020

F2F delayed, CAP deadline, COVID-19

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. The launch of the new EU food policy, the Farm 2 Fork strategy,...
Agrifood 19-03-2020

Coronavirus puts on hold unveiling of new EU food policy

The launch of the new EU food policy, the Farm 2 Fork strategy (F2F), will be delayed at least by another month in light of a rescheduling of the Commission's work programme due to coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus 18-03-2020

EU leaders agree to shut external borders, grapple with coronavirus response

EU leaders confirmed the proposed closure of the EU's external and Schengen borders for at least 30 days on Tuesday (17 March) as the bloc continued struggling to come up with a unified response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Agrifood 17-03-2020

Extension offered for CAP application deadline due to coronavirus

All EU countries have now been offered the option to extend by one month the deadline by which farmers must submit their applications for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments, the European Commission announced on Tuesday (17 March).
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

Virus spread to cause thousands of deaths if left unchecked, says new model

Coronavirus could potentially cause approximately 510,000 deaths in the UK and 2.2 million in the US if left unchecked, according to new findings published by Imperial College London's COVID-19 response team on Monday (16 March).
16-03-2020

New rapid test kit to detect COVID-19 soon available in EU

Certified new diagnostic test kits for novel coronavirus, COVID-19, will soon be made available in the EU, Curetis N.V., a developer of molecular diagnostic solutions, announced on Monday (16 March).
Agrifood 12-03-2020

Farm to Fork leak, circular economy plan and COVID-19

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. The latest draft of the Farm to Fork strategy, obtained by EURACTIV, features...
Agrifood 12-03-2020

EU’s draft food policy to address livestock farming emissions, animal welfare

The latest draft of the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), obtained by EURACTIV, features a few notable changes from the previous version, including an emphasis on the possible role of animal farming in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and on options for animal welfare labelling.
Agrifood 12-03-2020

Meat sector must adapt to climate change or face ruin, new analysis warns

A new climate scenario model on the meat sector shows that the industry stands to lose billions in the event of the scenario of a 2°C warmer world by 2050.
Coronavirus 11-03-2020

No evidence of COVID-19 transmission through food, says EFSA

There is currently “no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission” of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has concluded.
Health 06-03-2020

The Brief, powered by EVA – Closing the stable after the corona-horse has bolted

Closing the European Parliament due to coronavirus is not currently being considered – but given the rising health concerns, this is something that should be put on the table, and sooner rather than later.
Agrifood 05-03-2020

Pesticide reduction, Farm to Fork Leak and digital farming concerns

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. The latest draft of the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), obtained by...
Agrifood 05-03-2020

Ensuring data sovereignty ‘major challenge’ for European farmers

The virtues of digital farming have been extolled by many, including the European Commission and industry voices. But, as a recent situation in the US demonstrates, digital farming carries concerns which requires careful consideration. 

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