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Agrifood 14-05-2021

Agrifood Brief: Welcome to the Jumbo

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 Riccardo Valentini, Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Tuscia,...
Agrifood 14-05-2021

EU at ‘tipping point’ in reversing current nutritional trends, report highlights

The EU is currently at a ‘tipping point’ when it comes to nutritional challenges, according to a new report, which highlights the urgent need for an integrated approach to ensure the balance tips in the right direction.
Agrifood 12-05-2021

Not all gene-edited crops should be treated equal, warn MEPs

There is a need to ensure a targeted approach to gene editing because not all genomic techniques confer the sustainability benefits promised in the European Commission's new study, EU lawmakers have warned.
Agrifood 07-05-2021

Agrifood Brief: Feel the love (re)generation

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: The EURACTIV agrifood podcast is buzzing about insects, starting with an interview with Maria...
Agrifood 07-05-2021

Commission to propose ban on ‘unsafe’ food additive linked with cancer risk

The European Commission will propose to member states the withdrawal of the common food additive, Titanium Dioxide (E171), from the union list of food additives after it was deemed unsafe by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).
Agrifood 06-05-2021

EU U-turns on ‘unsafe’ common food additive linked with cancer risk

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has deemed titanium dioxide, a widely used food additive, to be unsafe in its latest study, contradicting an earlier conclusion and paving the way for an EU-wide ban after a decade of debate.
Agrifood 06-05-2021

EU Court backs Commission’s ban on controversial neonicotinoid pesticides

The EU’s highest court has ruled that the European Commission was entitled to restrict the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides linked with bee decline after an attempt to overturn the decision from the agrochemical company Bayer. The plant protection products...
Agrifood 04-05-2021

MEP: Livestock breeding ‘neglected’ in fight to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Animal breeding has been neglected in the conversation on tackling the looming global crisis of antimicrobial resistance, according to Green MEP Sarah Weiner, who stressed a need to focus on breeding animals for resilience over productivity. 
Agrifood 30-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Gene-editing super league

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 delves into the publication of the Commission’s controversial new...
Agrifood 30-04-2021

Aligning EU-UK phytosanitary measures must be ‘top priority’, warn agri industry

The EU and UK may have finally ratified their trade deal, but question marks remain over how the two partners will align their phytosanitary regulation, which is causing a considerable headache for the agrifood sector. 
Agrifood 29-04-2021

Commission reopens gene editing’s box amid sustainability claims

A new study from the European Commission has concluded that the current legal framework governing new genomic techniques (NGTs) is insufficient and indicated that new policy instruments should be considered to reap the benefits of this technology.
Agrifood 29-04-2021

Expert: UK risks farm consolidation, fragmentation post-Brexit

The UK has promised a greener and more pleasant land after breaking free of the EU’s farming subsidy programme. But some warn that the new plans could leave small farms at a disadvantage and leave British farmers on uneven and uncertain ground.
Agrifood 27-04-2021

New plan edges CAP negotiators towards deal on social conditions

The European Parliament has put forward a new proposal designed to link Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments to social working conditions in an “easy and un-bureaucratic manner” in a bid to reach a compromise on what has become a controversial point in the CAP negotiations.
Agrifood 26-04-2021

‘Contemptuous approach’: Czech farmers group quits EU association

The Czech farmers group APF CR has left the EU agricultural organisation COPA, accusing it of showing a “contemptuous approach" and lacking support for small farmers, an accusation refuted by other Czech farmers' groups. 
Agrifood 23-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Black gold

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 21-04-2021

EU farmers at odds with agriculture Commissioner after controversial tweets

EU farmers have told EURACTIV they have been left feeling unrepresented by the EU Agricultural Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski after he posted a series of controversial tweets criticising industrial farming. 
Agrifood 19-04-2021

Agriculture Commissioner points finger at CAP for demise of small farms

The rapid EU-wide loss of family and small-scale farms is in part due to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU’s agricultural Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski has said, pointing to the policy's "errors and mistakes".
Agrifood 16-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Two birds, one score

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.   We speak with the chair of the European Parliament’s AGRI committee, Norbert Lins, about...
Coronavirus 14-04-2021

EU Commission banks on mRNA vaccines for curbing COVID pandemic

The European Commission has moved to secure 1.8 billion more doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine amid speculation that it will not renew contracts with pharma companies AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Coronavirus 08-04-2021

EU ‘better off’ with Sputnik V, says MEP as Germany moves to secure Russian shots

Germany's health minister Jens Spahn has said he is prepared to push ahead without the rest of the bloc to purchase doses of the Russian Sputnik V virus vaccine after approval from European regulators and would be entitled to do so, according to the Commission.
Coronavirus 07-04-2021

No data currently available on mixing COVID vaccines, says EMA

There are currently no guidelines on the "mixing and matching" of COVID-19 vaccines, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) clarified on Wednesday (7 April), as several European countries are now considering mixed vaccination strategies.
Agrifood 07-04-2021

Report: majority of consumers want compulsory labelling on all genetically modified food

A majority of European consumers want to see compulsory labelling on food products containing genetically modified crops, according to a recent Ipsos report, but industry players insist that this is impossible to implement.
Agrifood 02-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Virtual insanity

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: Due to the Easter break, we have taken a brief pause from podcasting...
Agrifood 01-04-2021

Gene editing requires ‘wide and inclusive’ societal debate, says ethics group

There is a need for a wide societal debate, including ethical reflection, over new gene-editing techniques, according to a new report from an advisory body for the European Commission, which was welcomed by industry players but accused of missing the mark by environmental campaign groups.