Agrifood

05-06-2020

Bundesrat postpones controversial vote on caging pigs, again

Germany's Bundesrat has, once again, postponed the controversial vote on caging pigs today (5 June). Animal welfare activists and the Greens are calling for stricter regulations but farmers fear high costs. EURACTIV Germany reports.
05-06-2020

Brexit no deal could ‘severely disrupt’ agrifood sector

The failure to conclude a trade agreement between the EU and the UK would have serious consequences for the agrifood sector for both parties, according to a joint statement released by major EU agrifood stakeholders on Thursday (4 June).
05-06-2020

EU unable to curb biodiversity loss on farmlands, auditors say

The EU's decade-long policy effort to reverse the biodiversity loss has not come to fruition, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) warned in a report published on Friday (5 June).
05-06-2020

Biomass can contribute to sector integration in Green Deal

Member states can integrate their Energy and Climate plans into the Common Agricultural Policy to develop sustainable and resource-efficient biomass value chains, write David Chiaramonti and Calliope Panoutsou. Sector integrated biomass policies at national level will facilitate prioritisation within geographic...
05-06-2020

CAP budget, meat sector struggles, wine package

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Air Quality 05-06-2020

Lifting the haze: Why air pollution action doesn’t stop at cars

As Germany faces a national lawsuit on air pollution, Ugo Taddei asks: should other countries worry?
04-06-2020

EU consumers open to exploring more sustainable diets, but lack information to do so

EU consumers are influenced by environmental concerns and willing to change their eating habits accordingly but lack of information, high prices and limited availability of sustainable foods still stand in the way, according to a new survey from the European Consumer Organisation, BEUC.
04-06-2020

MEPs threaten to sink unambitious COVID-19 wine package

Lawmakers in the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee (COMAGRI) turned down a section of an aid package proposed by the Commission for wine, fruit and vegetable producers, as it wasn't ambitious enough to cope with disruption caused by the pandemic.
03-06-2020

Agriculture has fundamental role to play in fighting climate change, says French socialist MEP

In an interview with EURACTIV's partner Le Journal de l'environnement, French socialist MEP Éric Andrieu (S&D) said that climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic make it necessary to put agriculture back at the heart of the debate and to change the agricultural model with targeted tools and resources.
03-06-2020

COVID-19 could be ‘straw that breaks meat industry’s back’ says new report

Nearly three-quarters of the world’s largest meat, fish and dairy companies have been graded as a ‘high' pandemic risk and criticised for their inability to prevent the emergence of new zoonotic diseases in a new report released on Wednesday (3 June).
03-06-2020

Commission defends reinforced CAP budget to greening EU’s farming

It is very difficult to make EU's main farm policy greener when figures on the bottom line are red, said budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn in an attempt to uphold the latest proposal of increased spending for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
29-05-2020

EU food stocks: Should gear up for a rise of food protectionism?

The EU is preparing to change its agricultural storage policy at a time when the COVID-19 health crisis has highlighted the weaknesses of its reserves. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 29-05-2020

What the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy means for farmers in the Global South

The EU's new Farm to Fork strategy is a good start towards a 'just transition' in European farming, but what will it mean for farmers in the Global South, asks Isabelle Brachet.
28-05-2020

UK farmers group backs call for allowing access to gene editing technology

The UK National Farmers Union (NFU) has backed calls made by a cross-party group for the new Agriculture Bill to allow British farmers to access to gene-editing technology post-Brexit. 
28-05-2020

EU’s new food policy will match CAP goals, Commission says

The new Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy is compatible with the general thrust of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)'s proposal presented in June 2018, provided that its core aspects are confirmed in the legislative process, the European Commission has stressed in response to a query from EU lawmakers.
27-05-2020

Commission hikes CAP’s second pillar spending to deliver Green Deal

The European Commission has proposed boosting the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) with an extra €20 billion to support greening the EU's farming sector, using the recently unveiled Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy as a vehicle.
26-05-2020

European Patent Office endorses EU’s stance on conventionally-bred plants

The longstanding legal saga on patentability for plants obtained by conventional biological processes has been seemingly put to an end after the Enlarged Body of the European Patent Office (EPO) published an opinion upholding the EU's standpoint.
26-05-2020

COVID-19 crisis could ‘kick off digital revolution in agriculture’

Digital farming is set to boom in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, given its capacity to help the EU farming sector improve its sustainability and recover from the outbreak's impact. But there are also considerable concerns raised about the pace of this change and whether farmers are adequately prepared for it.
25-05-2020

Commission re-opens controversial advanced biofuel list in transport

The European Commission has launched a stakeholder consultation to expand the list of the so-called advanced or second-generation biofuels of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), EURACTIV.com has learnt.
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25-05-2020

IPA Europe priorities and recommendations for a holistic approach on probiotics in Europe, for informed consumers and a sustainable food industry

IPA Europe publishes it’s Manifesto: focus on a European industrial strategy,  safeguarding the world leadership of the European food industry and continuing to offer high quality products to European consumers
22-05-2020

Farm to Fork strategy softens stance on meat but backs alternative proteins

The EU's pivotal Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, presented on Wednesday (20 May), softened its stance on meat compared to the previous draft versions but offered staunch support for alternative proteins, which campaigners said was the first step in the right direction.
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22-05-2020

Sustainable food production concerns us all

The recent COVID-19 crisis has significantly changed the way we all work and live. As we’ve all been restricted to a life of lockdown and quarantine, it has reminded us that we still live in an unpredictable world and how challenging it has been to find some stability in our lives. During this crisis, farmers did not fail us.
20-05-2020

New food policy to triple amount of agricultural land farmed organically by 2030

The EU's Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy has targeted 25% of agricultural land in the EU being organically farming by 2030, a three fold increase.
Biomass 20-05-2020

Forests are crucial for building resilience in a post COVID-19 world

The Commission's new Biodiversity Strategy shows how forests are crucial for building resilience in a post COVID-19 world, writes Giulia Bondi.
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