Natasha Foote

Agrifood 03-12-2021

Agrifood Brief, powered by European Snacks Association: Gene-ie in a bottle 

GMOs have been known to rub the German Greens the wrong way. But as the party is entering into a three-way coalition government and pragmatists are gaining ground, its opposition to all things gene-editing is becoming a little less clear-cut.
Agrifood 03-12-2021

Live transport, gene editing, eco-schemes

This week, EURACTIV takes a look at the outcome of the vote on a report on live transport of animals, we explore the Commission's increasingly favorable stance to gene editing.
Agrifood 02-12-2021

CAP eco-schemes: Not all that glitters is gold, warn NGOs

Fewer than a fifth of eco-schemes, designed to reward environmentally-minded farmers in the EU, are likely to deliver on their stated environmental objectives according to a new report by prominent European NGOs which analyses member states' green plans for the agricultural sector.
Agrifood 01-12-2021

Timmermans: Gene editing ‘clear part’ of sustainability action in agrifood

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans added his voice to the growing list of those in the EU executive advocating for gene editing, a move condemned by campaigners who accuse the Commission of already making their mind up on the technology.
Health 30-11-2021

Health Brief, powered by European Diabetes Forum: The parallel (pharma) universe

A ruling by the EU's top court last week reopened a portal to the mysterious world of parallel trade in drugs.
Agrifood 26-11-2021

Agrifood Brief: It ain’t over ’til it’s over

So, in the immortal words of the Looney Toons, that’s all folks - the CAP is officially a wrap.
Agrifood 26-11-2021

All things CAP & girl power

This week, EURACTIV’s Natasha Foote is joined by EURACTIV France’s Magdalena Pistorius to discuss how the final vote on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
Agrifood 26-11-2021

Reinforced Horizon budget for 2022 is good news for agrifood

The European Parliament approved the 2022 budget, giving the EU's research programme a €100 million boost, much to the relief of agricultural stakeholders, who previously warned of the impact a cut in funding would have for the sector’s sustainability goals.
Agrifood 24-11-2021

Onwards, but is it upwards? Verdict is out over contentious CAP reform vote

As the dust settles on the European Parliament's vote on the contentious reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU's multi-billion euro farming subsidy programme, stakeholders are split as to whether the reform represents a step in the right direction.
Agrifood 23-11-2021

CAP reform: Signed, sealed – now all eyes are on how it will deliver

The European Parliament has signed off on the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, meaning it is all systems go for the next steps of the contentious reform, over which the Parliament has vowed to keep a watchful eye.
Health 23-11-2021

Health Brief: The harsh lesson we learn in Europe

Europe is counting its 22nd month with COVID-19. Despite differences across the bloc with vaccination levels, the EU has one of the highest numbers of people vaccinated across the globe. 
Agrifood 22-11-2021

Everything you need to know ahead of the CAP final vote

It's crunch time for the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), with lawmakers in the European Parliament set to give their green light to the reform of the EU's farming policy once and for all on Tuesday (23 November). So, what should you know ahead of the vote?
Agrifood 19-11-2021

Agrifood Brief: FinalCAPdown (this time for real)

Yes, we know. We’ve teased you time and time again with the promise of a #FinalCAPdown. But this time, it’s the real deal. After months and months of discussions, reversals, late-night talks and last-minute deals and not one, not two,...
Agrifood 19-11-2021

Final CAP vote, soil strategy, AMR

This week, EURACTIV talks about what to expect from the final CAP vote in Strasbourg next week, we take a look at the EU's recently unveiled soil strategy.
Agrifood 19-11-2021

Commissioner to oppose CAP plans restricting support for small, medium farmers

EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowksi has said support for small and medium sized farmers is a red line for the approval of member states’ CAP strategic plans, promising to oppose plans which restrict access to funding for these farmers.
Health 18-11-2021

Two million animals stand in firing line of EU’s new sustainable chemical ambitions

Requirements in the EU’s chemical strategy for sustainability would see an additional 2 million animals used for testing unless a concerted effort is made to invest in alternatives to animal testing, stakeholders have warned.
Agrifood 17-11-2021

Soils to receive same legal status as air, water in first EU-wide soil health law

The European Union's soil strategy has outlined plans for a soil health law by 2023 to bring soil on the same legal footing as air and water, and EU lawmakers have warned this must be a hard deadline.
Health 16-11-2021

Health Brief: One Health, One Earth

The COVID pandemic has raised more awareness of how closely our health is interconnected with animals and the environment, the chief scientist of EU’s Food Safety Agency (EFSA) told EURACTIV. Last week, we sat down with Marta Hugas, who leads...
Agrifood 16-11-2021

LEAK: Commission’s soil strategy to unveil dedicated legislative proposal in 2023

The European soil strategy commits to unveil a dedicated legislative proposal to tackle soil degradation in a harmonised way - but not until 2023, according to a leaked draft of the strategy, seen by EURACTIV.
Agrifood 12-11-2021

Agrifood Brief: Size matters

Another week, another public consultation. Whether it’s deforestation or the EU’s new animal welfare legislation, there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to give their two cents on the Commission’s policy plans. This is important given that this feeds into and...
Agrifood 11-11-2021

Commission bows to pressure to water down Green Deal ambitions in CAP plans

The European Commission's ambition to tie the EU's farming subsidies programme to the European Green Deal is set to fall victim to pressure from member states in a behind-closed-doors procedure.
Agrifood 11-11-2021

Environmental organisations call for action to tackle agrochemical data ‘blind spots’

Environmental and health organisations across the EU have called for action on agrochemical data 'blind spots' in an open letter, saying that it undermines the EU’s green goals and fuels mistrust in society.
Health 09-11-2021

Health Brief: European Parliament’s social health club

A new analysis by VoteWatch Europe and the consultancy BCW Brussels has shown who the hottest European lawmakers in town are when it comes to health policy.
Agrifood 05-11-2021

Agrifood Brief: A COP out?

“Plant-forward”, seasonal and locally sourced, with a focus on ingredients produced using environmentally friendly practices. That’s what was on the menu for world leaders this week at the COP26, according to a statement from the UK COP26 Presidency. On the...