Natasha Foote

Agrifood 01-07-2022

WOAH chief: Protecting environment key to ensuring human, animal health

The COVID-19 crisis has underscored that there is no way to ensure human and animal health without wider consideration of environmental health, Monique Eloit, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 10-03-2022

EU farmers boss: War might hit our food supplies, but will hit Africa, Middle East harder

The EU is unlikely to go hungry as a consequence of the war in Ukraine, but it could have a devastating impact on areas of Africa and the Middle East, according to farming boss Pekka Pesonen, who called on an 'enhanced' Green Deal package to maintain both quality and quantity in the European food supply.
Agrifood 07-12-2021

EU farmers chief: Farmers need to know changes to CAP rules by spring

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, Christiane Lambert, president of the EU's farmers association COPA-COGECA, looks back at the major agricultural issues of the year in France and Europe and discusses her expectations for when France takes over the rotating EU Council presidency next month.
Agrifood 25-05-2021

Wojciechowski: CAP reform ‘a new chance’ for small, medium sized farms

As negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission kick off this week's jumbo trilogue in an attempt to seal a deal on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, EURACTIV spoke to Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski about his expectations for the week ahead.
Agrifood 15-03-2021

Portugal optimistic CAP reform talks could see breakthrough soon

Portugal is optimistic an agreement can soon be reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the country's Agriculture Minister Maria do Céu Antunes told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
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 07-07-2020

Green party insists no U-turn on gene-editing despite recent dissent

Following a paper in which a group of German Green MPs and one MEP unexpectedly backed the use of gene-editing technologies, EURACTIV spoke to MEP Martin Häusling, agriculture spokesman for the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, who stressed that nothing has changed for the party, which has historically been vocally opposed to the technology.
Coronavirus 18-06-2020

Invest in digital tools to help avoid future crises, say intensive care experts

Investment in digital infrastructure and better coordination between data scientists and healthcare professionals can play a key role in the prevention of a second wave of coronavirus and future pandemics, healthcare professionals have told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 09-04-2020

Eurocommerce boss: ‘no food shortages’ in EU provided everyone plays by the rules

Despite the agri-food chain have been under pressure in the past few weeks in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is no risk of food shortage provided that people behave appropriately, the head of the food retailers lobby told EURACTIV.
Health 28-11-2019

Whole grains ‘key part of a healthy diet’

In an interview with EURACTIV, Michaela Pichler, secretary-general of the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), spoke about the importance of whole grains, but also about the lack of industry standards, labelling and promotion of whole grain foods.