Natasha Foote

Agrifood 20-02-2020

EFSA chief interview, realistic targets for pesticides, cheap honey

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. In this edition: EFSA chief interview, Commission plans for pesticides, struggling European beekeepers, common data spaces for agriculture and health, and much more...
Agrifood 19-02-2020

NFU Chief: New immigration policy could ‘severely impact UK farming sector’

The UK government has come under fire from farmers and industry groups for failing to adequately consider the impact of its proposed new immigration policy on the UK agricultural sector.
Agrifood 17-02-2020

Struggling beekeepers undercut by cheap honey imports, says new report

European honey producers are calling for an emergency action plan to be put in place to save the sector, pointing to a drop in production across the EU and a rise in cheap imports.
Agrifood 14-02-2020

DG AGRI backs new breeding techniques for pest management

Tasos Haniotis, the deputy director-general at European Commission's DG AGRI, views new breeding techniques as a way to manage pests in agriculture, according to a leaked document seen by EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 13-02-2020

Intensive farming, French court ruling and sugar tax

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. Intensive farming and the Green Deal In a recent tweet, Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said that...
Agrifood 12-02-2020

New study provides ‘robust evidence’ that sugar tax effective health measure

Soft drinks manufacturers in the UK have lowered the sugar levels in their drinks after the government introduced the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) in April 2018 to help combat childhood obesity and related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, researchers have found.
Health 11-02-2020

The Brief – What if Coronavirus reaches Africa?

Amongst mounting concern about the coronavirus outbreak, EU health ministers will gather in Brussels on Thursday to discuss Europe’s readiness to face a potential large-scale epidemic of the virus.
Agrifood 11-02-2020

Mutagenesis techniques must be subject to GMO regulation, says French court

The French government has been ordered to adapt its policy on plants developed using certain new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs), namely gene editing and in-vitro mutagenesis, in order to adhere to stricter rules for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a French...
Agrifood 06-02-2020

Limited progress on pesticides, EU meat tax and swine fever

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 06-02-2020

Integrated pest management should be linked to CAP payments, say auditors

The European Commission has been unable to adequately measure and reduce either the effects or the risks from pesticides due to a lack of rigorous and suitable data, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors, released on Wednesday (5 January). 

‘This is personal’: Von der Leyen launches consultation on EU’s Cancer Plan

The President of the European Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan on Tuesday (4 February), announcing an EU-wide "open health data space" in support of research, prevention and cure.
Agrifood 03-02-2020

Commission bemused by consumer information conundrum

The European Commission has started sketching the new EU-wide food labelling scheme, expected to be proposed in the context of the new Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), but the debate over what kind of information to provide to consumers has just started.
Agrifood 31-01-2020

Fighting fire with fire: pest control by playing nature at its own game

Biological pesticides are rapidly gaining attention as a sustainable and viable environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pesticides. However, they are currently hampered by maladapted regulation.
Agrifood 30-01-2020

New tool for assessing soil health could help link payments with ecosystem services

A UK farming technology company has teamed up with leading space industry engineers and soil biologists to create a new tool to accurately assess biodiversity and soil health on farms.
Agrifood 30-01-2020

Spread of African swine fever confirmed in nine EU countries

The area of the European Union affected by the African swine fever (ASF) is "progressively expanding", the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in its latest update on the disease, published on Thursday (30 January).
Agrifood 30-01-2020

Gene editing debate, perspectives on Green deal, avian flu

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 28-01-2020

French MEP calls for ‘realism’ in Farm to Fork strategy

The plant protection part of the upcoming Farm to Fork strategy should take a realistic and science-based approach that allows farmers to “explore all possible solutions”, French conservative MEP Anne Sander told EURACTIV.
Health 24-01-2020

EU ‘well prepared’ to deal with coronavirus, says health expert

Following the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China, which has now infected more than 600 people and claimed the lives of 18, health authorities around the world are now mobilising to try to contain the spread of the disease.
Agrifood 23-01-2020

Transitional CAP, German protest, Brexit uncertainty

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 17-01-2020

New UK Agriculture Bill to move away from ‘inefficient and overly bureaucratic’ CAP system 

The UK Government revealed a new version of their post-Brexit agriculture legislation Thursday (16 January) as part of a radical shift to move subsidies away from the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) system of direct payments, which correlates payments with the total amount of land farmed. 
Agrifood 16-01-2020

Green Deal, food labelling controversy and cultured meat

Welcome to the first edition of EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 15-01-2020

EU to ban the insecticide thiacloprid

The European Commission decided on Monday (13 January) not to renew the approval of the neonicotinoid pesticide thiacloprid, following scientific advice by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that the substance presents health and environmental concerns.
Agrifood 15-01-2020

Cultured meat could be on the EU market ‘as early as 2022’

After environmentalist George Monbiot’s controversial “Apocalypse Cow” documentary recently suggested that we may soon see the end of all farming, EURACTIV took a look at cultured meat to see what it is and where we're at.
Agrifood 13-01-2020

New UK farming bill guarantees subsidies for 2020

The UK government has introduced new legislation which ensures that farming subsidies will continue to be paid to UK farmers for 2020, during the transition period that will follow the country's departure from the EU on 31 January.

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