One of the main issues that the European Commission and EU member states will have to face in the coming years is how to handle innovation in Europe’s agricultural sector.
The agricultural sector’s fight to mitigate climate change and improve sustainability is an integral part of the EU Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy. However, EU farmers insist that they don’t have the right tools to do so.
What is the role of innovation and the introduction of new technologies in helping EU farmers cope with the climate challenge? Is Europe open enough to innovation compared to the rest of the world?
In this Special Report, EURACTIV will focus on the hot topics EU policymakers will have to deal with when it comes to innovation in agriculture as well as how their decisions could eventually impact other sectors, such as the bloc’s trade.
While the EU considers the potential role of new innovative techniques to protect harvests from pests and diseases, on the other side of the Channel, the UK is getting ready to open the door to new gene-editing technologies post-Brexit.
Precision farming practices, including digital farming, are the best way to deliver the EU's strategic goals of being green, smart and safe and should be part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans of all member states, according to MEP Petros Kokkalis.
With soil health high on the EU policy agenda, EURACTIV spoke with US-based farmer Trey Hill, whose innovative approach to farming explores the potential of no-till agriculture, a practice that can contribute to the EU’s sustainability goals although some dismiss it as "technologically backward".
In the race to become a global leader for sustainability, the EU is expected to give proof of its 'soft power' with third countries to cope with the risks of falling behind on innovation.