It is possible to reduce pesticide use with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods while ensuring farms remain economically profitable, a network of European farmers told MEPs in the European Parliament's agriculture committee.
Who are the faces behind our food? From young, regenerative farmers to those soon facing retirement, in this EURACTIV Special CAPitals edition of the Agrifood Brief, our network spoke to farmers on the ground across nine different member states.
The National Park of Doñana emerges in between the Spanish Southern cities of Huelva and Sevilla. For decades, it was an oasis of biodiversity, lagoons, and marshes.
Today, it is a battleground for the scarce water available. Europe's largest strawberry hotspot …
The European Parliament’s environment committee has adopted its position on EU rules to slash industrial emissions, including from the largest farms, which is in direct contrast to that of their agricultural counterparts, who may now table their own amendments for the final vote.
When I was born, there were around 3.7 billion people on this planet. There are now over 8 billion. The solutions for how to feed them that I was taught in school are insufficient today.
Alexandra Brand is the Regional Director …
Hungary is yet to lift its unilateral ban on imports of agricultural goods from Ukraine despite giving assurances it would in exchange for a second financial aid package, thus jeopardising funding for four other EU frontline countries.
Primary Food Processors are the energy-intensive part of the food supply chain. We need to decarbonise, and quickly. Energy efficiency, renewable energy and cutting upstream emissions all have a part to play. But we need the right policies to help get us there.
This week, EURACTIV's agrifood team brings you to a young farmers' conference discussing sustainability in agriculture.
The EU must work towards regulation that enables the responsible use of new genomic techniques (NGTs) to innovate the farming sector while remaining centred around the precautionary principle, according to centre-right MEP Norbert Lins.
Killing male chicks en masse remains a standard practice in most of the EU. But if we put our detective coats on, we can find many hints that an EU-wide ban could be part of the upcoming revision of the bloc’s animal welfare rules.
The new greenhouse gas emission reduction target for transport fuels under the updated Renewable Energy Directive could reduce the amount of crop-based biofuels used in German road transport if implemented strictly, biofuel producers say.
European agriculture ministers strongly criticised how the EU executives dealt with countries like Poland after they had unilaterally issued temporary import bans on Ukrainian agricultural products such as grain.
On Monday (15 May), a group of Italian farmers protested to the cry of 'No Europe without agriculture' outside the venue where Commission executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans was delivering a speech.
The EU executive could look to reconsider presenting its forthcoming gene editing proposal in the event of a European Parliament's rejection of the EU’s plans to slash the risk and use of pesticides, a Commission official told EURACTIV.
The impact assessment on the proposal future framework for sustainable food systems (FSFS) has failed to win approval from the Commission's quality control board, according to sources, although this is not expected to delay the presentation of the proposal.
EURACTIV's agrifood team discusses the centre-right's attack on the agricultural parts of the EU Green Deal, including the EU's plans to slash the use and risk of pesticides and the EU's nature restoration law.
The decision to allocate the money to the support package for member states hit by the Ukrainian agriculture influx according to quantitative, rather than qualitative, criteria shows the risk of ‘politicising’ a portion of the EU’s farming subsidies.
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The ‘crusade’ against the agricultural elements of the Green Deal by the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) risks upsetting the balance of the established pro-European majority, according to leading liberal MEP Pascal Canfin, who urged the Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to step in.
With Spain leading shark fishing and the manufacturing of unprocessed shark fins in Europe, Spanish MEPs took distance from their respective political groups and stood against a citizens’ petition calling for a ban on the trade of fins.
Plans for Europe's largest onshore salmon farm in southwest France, viewed as 'absurd and disproportionate' by activists and touted by the company behind the project as a chance to push for EU sovereignty has been put on the radar of the European Commission and Parliament.
The German parliament has decided to launch a panel of randomly selected citizens set to advise lawmakers on food and nutrition policies in an effort to help navigate the thorny issue of the state interfering in dietary choices.
Products available in school canteens should take into account children’s dietary restrictions such as food intolerances and allergies, which may include plant-based alternatives, lawmakers said - an issue which has proved divisive among stakeholders.
The animal welfare legislation is under revision and some voices are questioning the economic feasibility of the changes benefiting animals. The main arguments are that it would be too expensive for farmers and consumers, but is that really the case?
A group of MEPs advises the EU executive to proclaim 2024 as a European year of 'sustainable and resilient food systems' in a letter seen by EURACTIV.