Agrifood

16-10-2019

‘Women bring bad luck to crops’: fighting stereotypes in agriculture

There is an urgent need to fight gender stereotypes in EU agriculture as women’s multilevel skills have a lot to offer in the future of the field, center-left MEP Isabel Carvalhais has said.
16-10-2019

Biotechnology: Europe’s next ‘hot potato’

The discussion over the future of biotechnology in Europe heated up after the EU Court ruled in July last year that gene editing should, in principle, fall under the GMO Directive. In this special report, EURACTIV will focus on the future of biotechnology in Europe, the regulatory framework of the so-called new plant breeding techniques as well as GMOs.
16-10-2019

Andriukaitis: 100-year old production models cannot achieve food sustainability

According to the UN, the amount of food produced globally needs to double to feed a rising world population. Policymakers are poring over ways to ensure the sustainability of food systems while emerging new technologies, promising to tackle climate change, still face resistance.
15-10-2019

EU Council follows Commission’s line, trims Baltic fishing quota

EU ministers have clinched a midnight deal on fishing quota limit in the Baltic Sea for 2020, following the Commission's proposal to decrease the total allowable catches for eight of the most commercially important fish stocks in the basin.
15-10-2019

Contaminated meat scandal exposes Germany’s food safety flaws

Three people died because bacteria-contaminated food from a meat producer was sold on the European market. Although the authorities knew about the bacterial discovery, the company was only closed after two weeks. EURACTIV Germany reports.
14-10-2019

Communicating modern animal farming

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A communication gap between citizens and farmers in the modern livestock sector is increasingly widening and the general sentiment is shifting from an overall good opinion of those who keep feeding the world toward a negative view on farmers' role in today's society.
14-10-2019

Animal health the biggest challenge in livestock farming, researcher says

Even more than climate change, animal welfare will be the main challenge for the future of livestock farming and will lead to reconsider the entire system around the health of animals, a French farming researcher told EURACTIV.com.
14-10-2019

Something fishy this way comes

We can have more fish in the sea and secure a profitable future for our fishermen and women if we respect the sustainable limits of catches and let the stocks recover, writes Chris Davies.
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11-10-2019

Germany is a ‘developing country’ when it comes to tobacco regulation, expert says

While Germany is being branded a 'developing country' in terms of tobacco regulation, experts warn that a new wave of cancer illnesses may be related to the consumption of E-cigarettes. EURACTIV Germany reports.
11-10-2019

Fourteen mayors sign declaration to promote sustainable food policies in their cities

Fourteen cities announced on Thursday (10 October) that they would pay particular attention to the sustainable and healthy food supply in their cities in the future. This way, they aim to save 60% of the carbon emissions in the food sector. EURACTIV Germany reports.
11-10-2019

EU livestock sector hits back at criticism on animal farming

Over a dozen livestock stakeholders have been campaigning across metro stations in Brussels as well as online, in a bid to fight back against the narrative propagated by NGOs and environmentalists on animal farming. At stake is the very conception of modern animal farming practices in Europe.
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10-10-2019

Senselessly shunning science: the EU Parliament’s GMO dilemma

Europe seems increasingly ready to face the challenges of the 21st century and to lead the way to a ‘greener’ and more sustainable future. But what role can the EU Parliament play in the face of recent unsubstantiated “objections” against GMOs?
Politics 09-10-2019

Athens pushes for its ‘white gold’ to be exempted from US tariffs

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08-10-2019

Not getting lost in translation, Wojciechowski wins nod from MEPs

Speaking in his native tongue during the reparatory hearing, Polish Agriculture Commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski delivered a compelling enough performance to persuade MEPs in the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee (AGRI) to confirm him as the next EU farming boss on Tuesday (8 October).
08-10-2019

Leftist MEP: EU left should in ‘no way’ turn its back on agriculture’s digitisation

The European left should under no circumstances turn its back on the digital transition of agriculture and give the floor to neoliberal political forces to further “marginalise” smallholders, Petros Kokkalis, a leftist MEP, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
08-10-2019

Digital Farming: Driving productivity and a more sustainable way of farming

Agriculture faces many evolving challenges, some from the past and some yet to come.
Future EU 08-10-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Janusz Wojciechowski

The Polish Commission-nominee Janus Wojciechowski (Agriculture) is being questioned by the European Parliament for a second time on Tuesday (8 October), following his poor performance a week ago.
08-10-2019

CAP direct payments for farmers ‘free from errors’, EU Auditors say

The lion's share of the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending is substantially unaffected by material errors, while a quarter of rural development EU aids are partially wrongly attributed, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA) last report.
Politics 08-10-2019

Last chance for Polish Commission candidate after ‘general’ first hearing

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07-10-2019

Tug of war between Madrid and Washington over US tariffs

The Spanish government summoned the US ambassador to Spain, Duke Buchan, on Friday (4 October) to express its opposition to the new tariff increases announced by the Trump Administration. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
04-10-2019

Bordeaux winegrowers want to leave chemicals behind to save the environment

Fewer chemical inputs tend to make the vine more robust and also ensure the terroir is better expressed in the wine's aroma, according to experts. France's vineyard sector is also interested in new grape varieties that are resistant to heat and disease. EURACTIV France reports.
03-10-2019

New generation of Champagne winegrowers pushing for ‘greener’ practices

Since the 16th century, the Gosset family has been passing on vineyards from generation to generation in the Champagne region. Today, the incoming generation is starting to implement more environmentally friendly practices. EURACTIV France reports.
02-10-2019

No ‘magical’ alternative to glyphosate in the next 5 years, Bayer official says

In the next five years, no alternative to glyphosate is going to “magically” appear in the market,  Dr Bob Reiter, a high-ranking official from Bayer, told EURACTIV.com, referring to the controversial herbicide that has been the subject of heated debates across Europe.
02-10-2019

Hogan’s CAP proposal is ‘not the Bible’, says Wojciechowski to save his neck

Suggestions to re-open the European Commission's proposed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could be just enough to save the Polish Commissioner-designate after an overall poor performance in front of the European Parliament.

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