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Agrifood 25-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: A State of the Agricultural Union

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 25-09-2020

EU farmers boss: Farm to Fork to be revised, if negative impact was proved

The European Commission's new food policy should be reviewed if a future impact assessment shows that it will negatively affect farmers, the newly-elected chair of farmers association COPA, Christiane Lambert, told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 24-09-2020

Farmers need financial reassurance to support uptake of agroforestry

In a clear nod to the strategic importance of agroforestry, the term has now cropped up in both the European Green Deal, the European Commission's roadmap for making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050, and the EU’s flagship new food policy, the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy.
Coronavirus 22-09-2020

MEPs call for transparency in race for COVID vaccine amid rising vaccine hesitancy

EU lawmakers from across the political spectrum stressed the need for transparency in the COVID-19 vaccine process in a hearing with pharmaceutical industry representatives, emphasising that this is necessary to combat a growing vaccine hesitancy in the EU.
Agrifood 21-09-2020

‘Efficiency not a dirty word’: why bigger can sometimes mean better in farming

The concept of efficiency and productivity in farming is often taken to mean poor animal welfare and sustainability, but that is not necessarily the case and more work must be done to change this perception, stakeholders highlighted at a recent event on animal welfare.
Agrifood 18-09-2020

Member states coalition presents latest challenge to colour-coded nutrition label

The fight against France’s Nutri-Score system reigning supreme as the mandatory EU-wide nutrition food label has kicked up a notch with the addition of a new non-paper backed by multiple member states.
Agrifood 18-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: The agri-side of Europe’s man on the moon moment

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.   Once again, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has come under...
Agrifood 18-09-2020

Targets for anti-microbials must allow for ‘massive’ variation within livestock sector

Ambitions to lower the use of antibiotics in farming must take into account the “massive” amount of variation between member states and also between species, according to a leading livestock sustainability consultant who also highlighted the pressing need to digitalise the animal health sector.
Agrifood 16-09-2020

Farmers lament lack of support from Commission chief as Brexit looms

The President of the Irish farmers association has expressed his disappointment at the lack of support Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen showed Irish citizens and farmers during her ‘State of the Union’ speech, saying that her comments about Brexit were “chilling" for Irish farmers.
Agrifood 11-09-2020

Every drop counts: Exploring innovative solutions for Europe’s drought problem

A third consecutive year of drought shows that water scarcity is an increasingly frequent and widespread phenomenon in the EU, and one which holds enormous implications for the agricultural sector. EURACTIV spoke with Netafim, a specialist irrigation company, about the innovative solutions on offer to cope with this. 
Agrifood 11-09-2020

Agrifood brief: Don’t forget agriculture, Valdis

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.   After the shock of Phil Hogan’s sudden resignation as the EU trade...
Coronavirus 10-09-2020

The Brief, powered by amfori – Rush to promise vaccines is foolish at best

As news broke on Tuesday that trials on one of the leading contenders for a COVID-19 vaccine have been paused over a potential health risk, leaders around the world are still scrambling to offer false hope and promises. Between US...
Agrifood 10-09-2020

Germany well prepared to deal with African swine fever case, says farmers association

German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner confirmed a case of African Swine Fever (ASF) in a wild boar in Germany on Thursday (10 September), but the EU farmers association was quick to stress the country is well prepared to respond to the issue.
Coronavirus 09-09-2020

Health concern puts AstraZeneca vaccine hopes on hold 

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced on Tuesday (9 September) it has suspended global trials of its coronavirus vaccine, in a fresh setback for the global race to find a vaccine.
Agrifood 08-09-2020

First detection test developed for gene-edited crop, campaign groups claim

The first open-source detection method for a gene-edited crop has been developed, according to a scientific paper. Environmental NGOs and campaign groups said this could hypothetically allow the EU to carry out checks to prevent unauthorised imports, but the EU seed sector quickly refuted this claim.
Agrifood 04-09-2020

Commission launches public consultation on EU organic plan, backs regulation postponement

The European Commission launched a public consultation on its future action plan on organic farming on Friday (4 September), and also proposed to postpone by one year the entry into force of the new organic regulation.  
Agrifood 04-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: Wanted – Closers to save the CAP

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 policymakers are getting ready for a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) showdown,...
Agrifood 02-09-2020

EU agency reports cases of Salmonella after contaminated imported nuts

An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to Brazil nuts imported from Bolivia has been reported in several EU countries, prompting the European Commission to trigger its rapid alert system. 
Agrifood 31-08-2020

Protestors converge on EU agri meeting to demand radical policy reform

Protestors rallied in the German city of Koblenz on Sunday (30 August) and participants told EURACTIV they were demanding sweeping farming reforms as EU agricultural ministers began two days of informal talks hosted by Germany's Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner.
Agrifood 28-08-2020

Rural vs. city: how do consumer preferences differ when it comes to food?

Consumers play a key role in the EU’s new flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, which works to encourage consumer uptake of healthy and sustainable food options as part of the strategy’s overall goal to improve the viability...
Health 28-08-2020

EU health agenda: More than Corona

The EU executive is expected to finally get to the heart of its five-year health agenda with the unveiling of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan and the much-awaited pharmaceutical strategy. The launch of both initiatives was confirmed for the fourth quarter of 2020 in the Commission's latest working programme.
Agrifood 27-08-2020

Seed sector organisations call for review of regulation on plant variety rights

Key players in the European seed sector have joined forces to urge the EU Commission to improve the bloc's intellectual property laws and mechanisms and enable an effective plant breeding sector. But there are fears that this may negatively impact small and medium-sized farmers.
Coronavirus 21-08-2020

Europe can contain virus without second lockdown, says WHO

It is possible to keep the coronavirus pandemic in check in Europe while also keeping the economy running and an education system in operation, the WHO said on Thursday (20 August).
Health 20-08-2020

EU, CureVac in advanced talks for 225 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

The European Commission and German biotech firm CureVac said on Thursday (20 August) they had concluded a first round of talks for the supply of at least 225 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine to EU states.
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