The new Green Deal will have a direct impact on the ongoing negotiations about the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as EU farmers will be asked to re-adjust the way they work to the new green objectives.
To achieve that in an affordable manner, farmers say they need proper tools. The industry is pushing EU policymakers to make decisions based on science and not emotions. Environmentalists and a big majority of EU citizens, on the other hand, insist on opposing biotechnology tools, such as new plant breeding techniques and GMOs.
Does the EU provide farmers with the proper framework to innovate? How can EU member states ensure a smooth transition towards a greener CAP, with safe innovative tools?
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).
The plant protection part of the upcoming Farm to Fork strategy should take a realistic and science-based approach that allows farmers to “explore all possible solutions”, French conservative MEP Anne Sander told EURACTIV.
The new EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides wants more information about the controversial issue of gene editing and for now, she seems less enthusiastic than her predecessor Vytenis Andriukaitis.
Biological pesticides are rapidly gaining attention as a sustainable and viable environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pesticides. However, they are currently hampered by maladapted regulation.