Natasha Foote

Agrifood 17-05-2022

Yemen’s wheat industry urges international action to avert mass famine

Urgent international action is needed to avert a mass famine in Yemen on a never-before seen scale due to the Ukraine war, according to the country's largest wheat importer, the HSA Group, who wrote to leaders ahead of a UN summit this week. 
Agrifood 13-05-2022

Agrifood Brief: A sad tale from the farm

This week, EURACTIV travelled to the Vendée region of Western France to meet two generations of a farming family who are struggling to make ends meet amid rising costs and a rapidly changing society.
Agrifood 13-05-2022

Agrifood Podcast: EU-Turkey agri-trade, Crop rotation debate, Deforestation Law

This week, EURACTIV’s agrifood team brings you the latest on the first high-level meeting to strengthen the EU-Turkey agri-trade and we discuss our thoughts about what to expect from these talks. We also talk about the debate in Germany over...
Agrifood 13-05-2022

Commission slams Slovakia’s proposed restriction of grain, cereal exports

Slovakia has tabled a proposal that would restrict agricultural commodities exports in light of the war in Ukraine, a move the European Commission has condemned, warning any bans of this nature to destabilise markets and lead to price increases.
Agrifood 10-05-2022

Play nice if you want our agri-trade: EU hangs food security threat over Turkey

Turkey must play by the rules if it hopes to strengthen its agricultural relations with the EU in order to bolster its food security in light of the Ukraine war, member states stressed ahead of a high-level meeting this week.
Agrifood 06-05-2022

Agrifood Brief: Who’s afraid of Farm to Fork?

Has the recent debate over food security somehow compromised the sustainable ambitions of the Green Deal food chapter, the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy? That’s the question that – very timidly – many in EU the bubble have started to...
Agrifood 06-05-2022

Agrifood Podcast: Food security, EU organics plan, panicky markets

Welcome back to the EURACTIV agrifood podcast! After a short break, EURACTIV’s agrifood team are back and this week discussing all things food security, including the deepening cracks in the Commission over its response to the Ukraine war and the...
Agrifood 04-05-2022

MEPs massively back organic farming but snub Farm to Fork target

The European Parliament has green-lighted a new report on the EU’s organic action plan, which stresses a market-based approach but makes no mention of the bloc's ambitious target to see 25% of agricultural land farmed organically by 2030.
Agrifood 28-04-2022

Timmermans: Scaremongering on food security ‘dishonest, irresponsible’

Spreading fears of food shortages is “irresponsible and dishonest”, according to European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who accused critics of using the war as a "pretext" to derail the EU’s green farming ambitions.
Agrifood 27-04-2022

How has the Ukraine war impacted the EU’s food security?

Between soaring food prices and feed shortages, the war in Ukraine has rocked the EU’s agri-food sector and thrown an age-old issue back into the limelight: food security.
Agrifood 22-04-2022

Agrifood Brief: Power to the peasants

As the old English joke goes, an advisor to the King went to warn the monarch that the peasants were revolting. “I know they are,” replied the monarch, “but I love them anyway”. And, just as in the joke, the...
Agrifood 21-04-2022

Small farmers: The unsung heroes of the Ukraine war

The war in Ukraine has thrown up concerns over food security, both in the war-torn country and elsewhere in the world. But the key to ensuring Ukraine's food supply may come from an unlikely place: small and medium-scale farmers.
Agrifood 15-04-2022

Agrifood Brief: GI galore

Sectors other than agrifood have come to appreciate the concept of geographical indications, considered one of Europe's success stories in much the same manner as the Erasmus programme for student exchange.
Agrifood 14-04-2022

International organisations warn soaring food prices could fuel social unrest, extreme poverty

The world's major international finance and food organisations have joined forces to call for urgent coordinated action on food security in light of the war in Ukraine, warning soaring food prices could fuel social tensions and push millions into poverty.
Agrifood 14-04-2022

EU decision to restrict bee-harming pesticide causes tension with US

The European Commission has taken the decision to restrict the use of the pesticide 'sulfoxaflor' to indoor-only after concerns over its impact on bees, but the move has raised hackles over in the US.
Agrifood 08-04-2022

Agrifood Podcast: Janusz from the bloc, French elections, Groundhog Day

Feeling lost about everything that has happened this week in the agrifood world? No need to worry, EURACTIV’s agrifood team has your back. In this week’s podcast, we cover all the major events this week, from food security to the...
Agrifood 08-04-2022

Agrifood Brief: A little less conversation, a little more action please

What do Elvis and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have in common? Besides their debonair good looks and suave style, more importantly, both want us to know: It’s now or never.
Agrifood 08-04-2022

V4 farmers demand postponement of new CAP due to Ukraine war

Representatives of the largest agricultural organisations of the four Visegrad Group states and five other countries have jointly called for a temporary postponement of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, as well as of other environmental measures.
Agrifood 07-04-2022

Cultivated meat companies gear up for first EU approval applications

Amid burgeoning interest in plant-based diets, European cultivated meat companies are preparing to take their first steps towards gaining EU approval. But some warn the technology could do more harm than good.
Agrifood 06-04-2022

Agriculture Commissioner: It is ‘prudent’ to prioritise upping EU food production

Increasing food production in Europe is a priority in light of the Ukraine war, according to the EU's agri-boss, who detailed how the European Commission encourages member states can do this through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Agrifood 05-04-2022

EU-wide protein strategy on the cards as Commission changes its tune

The European Commission has now backed the creation of an EU-wide protein strategy, U-turning on a previous position after persistent lobbying from MEPs and member states.

EU expects safety guarantees for new ‘ghost’ migration camp in Lesvos

Contacted by EURACTIV, a source from the Greek migration ministry said Athens said they had made it clear from the beginning that the new camp would be far from the urban environment.
Agrifood 01-04-2022

Agrifood Brief: The EU’s Trojan horse moment 

Legend has it that the Greeks tried for over a decade to conquer the ancient city of Troy, to no avail. And so, in a devious but particularly brilliant move, they decided to build a huge wooden horse and leave...
Agrifood 01-04-2022

EU organic sector needs market-driven solutions, national strategies, say MEPs

The European Parliament’s agriculture committee (AGRI) has greenlit a new report on the EU's organic action plan, in which it stressed the need for market-driven solutions and more support for countries to draw up individual strategies to boost the sector.