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26-10-2020

EU food origin labels should be placed on the cards, stakeholders say

Adding another element to the current food labelling debates in the EU, stakeholders have called for an EU origin label to be taken into consideration, saying this would encourage consumers to support the European livestock sector.
Biomass 23-10-2020

The answer to deforestation lies in space

The use of satellite technology to track and halt real-time cases of deforestation in a country like Malaysia could become a “blueprint” for ending deforestation in the Amazon, writes Daniel Mackisack.

Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to veto EU farm subsidy bill

The eyes of future generations are on you, Greta Thunberg told MEPs, as pressure mounts on the European Parliament to vote down the EU's massive farm subsidy bill.
23-10-2020

MEPs save ‘veggie burger’ from denomination ban

The European Parliament has rejected all the amendments to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that would have proposed to ban the use of meat denominations for plant-based foodstuffs, putting the raging battle amongst stakeholders over the past few weeks to rest.
23-10-2020

Agrifood Brief: The ‘steaks’ are high, but why?

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.   It’s the issue that has captured hearts and minds, and set social...

Beekeeping: Way to boost biodiversity and halt rural decline in Spain

More and more city dwellers in Spain are looking for ecological and sustainable alternatives to city life, to reconnect with nature and escape from polluted urban environments and unhealthy crowded spaces, particularly in times of the coronavirus.
22-10-2020

The Farm to Fork is too much of a political utopia

The EU's new blueprint for sustainable food systems risks hurting both consumers and farmers, writes Bill Wirtz.
22-10-2020

French MPs divided over green transition in CAP compromise

As EU agriculture ministers reached an agreement on Wednesday (21 October) on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), French MPs reacted differently to the CAP's green transition. EURACTIV France reports.
22-10-2020

Headwinds in the Bundestag for Klöckner’s CAP compromise

The EU agriculture ministers' agreement to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is being met with a lot of headwind in the Bundestag. Opposition parties are critical of the proposal while the Social Democrats (SPD), a partner in the governing coalition, are not enthusiastic. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agroecology in Poland: A thorny path for farmers

You can read this article in Croatian, Spanish, Polish, Bulgarian, and Romanian.  The aim of agroecology, according to the declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, is to find ways to recover the food system destroyed by industrial agriculture. But...

Official: EU taking first steps to bring forestry into carbon market

The first step to bring forestry under the EU’s emissions trading scheme is to ensure that every tonne of carbon dioxide in the forest is counted so that a certification system for carbon removals can be put in place, Artur Runge-Metzger told EURACTIV.
21-10-2020

MEP: CAP is about farmers’ livelihood too, not only sustainability

The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU's massive farming subsidies programme, must look after the well-being of farmers as well, rather than focus mainly on environmental sustainability, centre-right MEP Herbert Dorfmann told EURACTIV.
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Forestry’s climate impact ‘invisible’ under UN rules, experts say

Forests are the planet’s biggest carbon “sink” – absorbing more CO2 from the atmosphere than they emit – but their contribution to cooling the earth’s climate are currently not fully accounted for under UN rules, experts point out.
21-10-2020

EU farming subsidies programme is two steps closer to long-awaited reform

EU farm ministers clinched an early-morning deal on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), touted as 'a paradigm shift in European food policy', on Wednesday (21 October). At the same time, the European Parliament's first voting session on the same matter saw a compromise between three biggest political groups.
Brexit 21-10-2020

Brexit waves threaten to wreck Belgian fishing

Britain's departure from the European single market will disrupt many long-standing economic relationships and could yet devastate one of the oldest – the Belgian fishing fleet's work in UK waters.
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21-10-2020

Specialty food ingredients and healthy diets

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With the launch of the Farm to Fork strategy earlier this year as part of the European Green Deal, the importance of food systems to be fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly has been set firmly on the European policy agenda. Specialty...
20-10-2020

Oil will still drive Europe’s cars by 2030, data show

Europe has been trying for a long time to decarbonise its transport sector. However, official data shows that despite a number of EU legislative actions, road transport dependency on oil will remain high by 2030, raising doubts over the effectiveness...
20-10-2020

Green German MP: The times are changing, and so must the CAP

The European Parliament will vote on the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) at the end of the week. In an interview with EURACTIV France, Bundestag MP Harald Ebner (Greens) spoke about how crucial it was to integrate the European Commission's 'Farm to Fork' strategy into the new CAP, which according to him, should be greener and fairer.
20-10-2020

Majority of consumers have no beef with meat names for veggie products, says study

Consumers group BEUC has weighed in on the debate over the naming of plant-based products, saying that 80% of surveyed consumers had no issue with meat or dairy-like terms being used for alternative products.

French dairy giant accused of polluting country’s rivers for years

Investigation alleges Lactalis breached environmental regulations at several plants and released milk derivatives that killed fish. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
16-10-2020

Agrifood Brief: The final CAPdown – five things you need to know

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.   The pitched battle for the fate of the next EU farming subsidies...
16-10-2020

CAP: A last-ditch effort to avert greenwashing and capitulation to agribusiness 

A grand coalition in the European Parliament risks undermining the promise of a new greener and fairer Common Agricultural Policy, writes Luke 'Ming' Flanagan.
Brexit 15-10-2020

The UK, the EU and fisheries: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Just as Europeans aren’t asking for the sacrifice of British businesses in order to maintain access to the EU single market, we cannot accept the sacrifice of our fishermen, write Pierre Karleskind, Nathalie Loiseau and 57 other MEPs.
15-10-2020

Experts warn of ‘inevitable disruption’ of food supply chains with no-deal Brexit

After the United Kingdom voted against including guarantees on food standards in its post-Brexit legislation this week, experts have warned that a no-deal Brexit holds wide-ranging ramifications for food safety and businesses.
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