News from the week
Perspectives on the Green deal: MEPs, farmers and policymakers speak out
EURACTIV spoke to policymakers, MEPs and farmers about their perspective on the new Green Deal. Policymakers are under pressure to find a place for Europe’s agricultural sector in the European Commission’s new flagship environmental policy, the Green Deal. MEPs are calling for ‘realism’ from the strategy in a way which also protects industry interests, while farmers remain unsure about how this will work in concrete terms.
US agriculture chief urges EU to listen to science, not fear-mongering NGOs
When it comes to food, EU policymakers should make science-based decisions if they want to help European their farmers tackle the “legitimate concerns” over sustainability, Sonny Perdue, the US State Secretary of Agriculture, said on Monday (27 January). Read more here.
Avian flu hits Germany
The avian flu that broke out in Eastern Europe at the start of the year was also detected in Germany for the first time this week. Politicians and Germany’s poultry trade association are calling for strict precautionary measures. EURACTIV Germany reports.
France bets on development of biocontrol to solve pesticide problem
Having struggled to reduce the use of plant protection products, France intends to work hard on the development of so-called ‘biocontrol’ methods, pushing to develop more favourable rules at European level for the industry. EURACTIV France reports.
Progress slow on ‘game-changing’ imaging technologies in agri-monitoring, say EU Auditors
A new EU court of auditors report has concluded that progress slow on ‘game-changing’ imaging technologies in agri-monitoring. The auditors found that there are a number of obstacles to their more widespread use remain. See here for more details.
Germany’s new bioeconomy strategy criticised for overlooking agriculture, food production
Germany’s federal cabinet adopted a new bioeconomy strategy last week, which has immediately been criticised for hardly mentioning agricultural reform and focusing too much on technology and optimisation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU urged not to overlook blind people in new food labelling rules
Laura Ferrara, an Italian MEP from the anti-system Five Star Movement, urged the European Commission to improve access to food information for blind and visually impaired people when it reviews the bloc’s food labelling rules in the coming months. See here for more information.