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Agrifood 30-07-2021

Agrifood Brief: What did EU put in my glass?

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. Please note that this will be the last EURACTIV agrifood brief before the...
Agrifood 30-07-2021

CAP Tracker – Next steps for the national strategic plans

Welcome to EURACTIV’s CAP tracker, your one-stop shop for all the latest developments on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Be sure to check back here regularly for updates on the next steps for the CAP and how member states are...
Agrifood 29-07-2021

Crying fowl: Ministers call for EU-wide minimum standards for turkey farming

EU agriculture ministers have called for the creation of EU-wide minimum standards for turkey farming, which, despite being the third most slaughtered animal, still lack specific legal regulations for their husbandry.
Agrifood 28-07-2021

EU implements first animal welfare-based condition in trade agreement

In an unprecedented move, the EU has included the first animal welfare-based condition in the Mercosur trade agreement, but stakeholders warned that this does not go far enough to save the controversial deal that is facing increasing opposition in Europe. 
Agrifood 27-07-2021

Commission moves against EU countries over unfair trading practices

The European Commission has opened infringement procedures against 12 member states after they failed to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector within the allotted time frame. 
Agrifood 23-07-2021

Agrifood Brief: Unholy alliances

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. This week: EURACTIV’s agrifood team reflects on the biggest stories from this ‘school’ year and...
Coronavirus 23-07-2021

Delta COVID variant now dominates European region, warn WHO and ECDC

The COVID Delta variant has swept rapidly across Europe to become the dominant strain across much of the region according to new data from European health authorities, who warn that action must be taken to curtail its spread.
Agrifood 20-07-2021

EU farmers warn harvest will fail after floods, plea for aid

The flooding across several EU countries this week has “effectively eliminated” any hope of a successful harvest in these areas, EU farmers’ association COPA-COGECA has warned as the European Commission pledged to support the sector.
Agrifood 20-07-2021

EU agri ministers back serving up more organic food in schools, hospitals

EU agriculture ministers gave their green light for the EU organic action plan on Monday (19 July) but warned that measures must be taken to ensure that supply matches demand, including via public procurement schemes for schools and public canteens.
Agrifood 16-07-2021

Agrifood Brief: Money does grow on trees

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.
Agrifood 14-07-2021

‘Audience-first’ approach needed to boost public trust in science, say experts

The wider population's trust in the the scientific community when it comes to food issues remains low and institutions must adopt an 'audience-first' approach to help change that, experts have warned.
Agrifood 13-07-2021

Slovenian agri minister: Climate change just as unpredictable as COVID pandemic

Although agri-food sector has recovered from the worst of the pandemic, it must keep one eye on the present and one on future crisis management, Slovenia's Agriculture Minister Jože Podgoršek told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Agrifood 09-07-2021

Agrifood Brief: Foodmakers of all (EU) countries, behave!

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. This week: EURACTIV spoke with EURACTIV France’s very own Clara Bauer-Babef and Magdalena Pistorius about...
Coronavirus 09-07-2021

COVID cases to soar in children but schools should stay open – EU health agency

The benefits of children attending school outweigh the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, although cases in children are set to soar in the autumn, said a new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), published on Thursday (8 July).
Agrifood 07-07-2021

Agri Commissioner backs call for polluter pays principle in farming

The farming sector should be made financially responsible for pollution, especially water pollution, according to a new report by the European court of auditors, an idea welcomed by the EU's Agriculture Commissioner.
Agrifood 06-07-2021

Green MEP: EU’s gene editing framework stifles innovation

The EU’s regulatory framework on gene editing is insufficient and risks pushing out research and innovation from the EU, according to a Green MEP, diverging from her party’s strong stance on the matter.
Agrifood 02-07-2021

Agrifood Brief: Solomon’s dilemma

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. This week: EURACTIV brings you up to speed with all the developments on the long...
Health 02-07-2021

Netflix and pill: Industry subscription service could incentivise antibiotic research, says expert

A ‘Netflix-style’ subscription service, regularly paid from governments to the pharmaceutical industry, could help incentivise the creation of sorely-needed new antibiotics and break the “toxic” environment of antibiotic research and development, according to an expert.
Agrifood 01-07-2021

Commissioner: Rejecting CAP plans on basis of Green Deal alignment ‘unimaginable’

The EU's Agriculture Commissioner has said he does not foresee a situation where a member state's Common Agricultural Policy national plan would be rejected for failing to align with the Green Deal, banking instead on the power of persuasion.
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

Commission backs ban on cages in farming in ‘historic’ move for animal welfare

The European Commission has committed to working towards a ban on cages for farmed animals in what is being hailed as an historic move for animal welfare after a citizens initiative amassed more than one million signatures from across Europe.
Agrifood 25-06-2021

Agrifood Brief: Habemus 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. This week: EURACTIV spoke with Jindrich Dolezal of the European Court of Auditors about their recent...
Agrifood 25-06-2021

Final CAPdown: Negotiators seal a deal on future EU farming subsidies programme

A provisional agreement has been reached between European lawmakers on the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), sealing the fate of the bloc's farming subsidy programme for the 2023-2027 period.
Agrifood 24-06-2021

Agricultural education too ‘stale’ for tomorrow’s farmers, says expert

Agricultural education is “stale” and in need of a shake-up to help tomorrow's farmers meet the challenges ahead, according to a leading veterinary consultant and educator, Tommy Heffernan, who said the sector is facing a decade of "massive change".