Agrifood

14-09-2021

Upcoming election could shake up Germany’s stance on gene editing, CAP funding

As the campaign for Germany's 26 September federal elections approaches crunch time, EURACTIV Germany took a look at what the elections could mean for key agricultural policy issues - from scrapping farmers’ direct payments to the use of new genomic techniques.
Health 14-09-2021

Greens wage battle against Commission over antimicrobials regulation

A new delegated act proposed by the European Commission to tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR) has drawn harsh criticisms from the Green group in the European Parliament, who are calling for the use of antibiotics in animals to be restricted.
14-09-2021

German supermarket chain REWE to remove most foreign pork from shelves

German supermarket chain REWE aims for 95% of its pork to be homegrown to help the sector struggling from disease and high feed prices, prompting the European Commission to warn that over-reliance on domestic supply could in some cases infringe the bloc's competition rules.
13-09-2021

Macron announces new French crop insurance scheme

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to create a new crop insurance system, with a budget of €600 million per year, which will be simpler, faster and more efficient.
13-09-2021

COVID highlights need for EU to regulate wildlife trafficking

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need to regulate the trade in live wild animals, who could carry viruses. In Europe, the lack of regulation on this subject represents a major health risk.
13-09-2021

MEPs’ draft report on sustainable farming future sparks controversy

Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s agriculture and environmental committees have staked their preliminary position on the EU's green farming ambitions, voting in favour of a draft report which includes a number of controversial amendments.
10-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Into the woods

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. This week: EURACTIV explores the ways in which agriculture can part of the...
10-09-2021

Commission, NGOs brace for gene-editing battle

New genomic techniques (NGTs) have received the backing of the European Commission in a strategy paper, while NGOs promise an intense campaign against them over the coming years.
10-09-2021

CAP reform passes first Parliamentary hurdle to win provisional approval

Lawmakers have given their green light to a provisional deal on the contentious reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), its first hurdle before final parliamentary approval, expected in November.
09-09-2021

Champagne makers mark first win in ‘Champanillo’ legal battle after EU court ruling

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the EU's protected designation of origin (PDO) for foodstuff and drinks extends to services, allowing the French champagne lobby to carry off a tactical win in a legal battle against a small Spanish restaurant chain.

Macron to push for pesticide phase-out during EU presidency stint

France will push for "an accelerated phase-out of pesticides" at the EU level when it takes on the rotating EU Council Presidency in January 2022, President Emmanuel Macron told the World Conservation Congress which opened in Marseille this week
08-09-2021

Greek fires decimate honey sector, opening floodgates for cheap, fraudulent imports

The wildfires that swept across Greece this summer have decimated the country's beekeeping sector, leaving it vulnerable to a barrage of cheap and potentially fraudulent honey imports, EU farmers’ association COPA-COGECA has warned.
08-09-2021

Agri stakeholders gear up for last minute push ahead of Farm to Fork vote

Agricultural stakeholders have joined forces for a last minute push on the EU’s flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, ahead of Parliament’s vote on their draft report outlining their official reaction to the strategy this week.
03-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Bonne dégustation

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.PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE NOTE: We’ll be back next week with our EURACTIV agrifood podcast,...
02-09-2021

First gene edited ‘cancer-cutting’ wheat trials get the go ahead in UK

The UK government has granted permission for a series of field trials of gene edited wheat for the first time in Europe, marking a move away from the EU’s stance on the matter.
Brexit 02-09-2021

UK pub giant Wetherspoon reports beer shortages

British pub chain JD Wetherspoon on Wednesday (1 September) reported beer supply problems as driver shortages linked to Brexit and the pandemic have affected deliveries to major restaurant and supermarket chains.
01-09-2021

MEPs blast Commission’s flagship forest strategy as vague, overstepping EU remit

European lawmakers from across the political spectrum have united in criticism against the European Commission’s new flagship Forest Strategy, describing it as vague and superficial while flagging concerns that it goes beyond the remit of EU competences.
01-09-2021

UK government banks on domestic workforce as struggling food sector calls for new visas

The UK food sector has called for a new COVID-19 recovery visa to address workforce shortages, but the government has been non-committal, stressing instead it aims not to rely on labour from abroad.
30-08-2021

CAP deal lays ground for third ‘social’ pillar

The post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform agreement struck in June introduced a new concept of social dimension that bears the potential to build a third "pillar" for the EU's farming subsidy programme in the near future.
27-08-2021

Agrifood CAPitals: Some well-earned R&R

In this first CAPitals brief, the EURACTIV network takes a look at 13 EU country's recovery and resilience (R&R) plans. From digital to food security, what do these plans hold in store for the agrifood sector?
26-08-2021

Austrian organic farmers fear being left behind in national CAP plan

Organic assocations and environmentalists have voiced their concerns about Austria's plan to transpose the EU's new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), pointing to the risk of leaving organic farms behind. EURACTIV Germany reports.
25-08-2021

Insects on the menu for pigs, poultry after EU approval

The European Commission has amended the EU's feed ban regulation to authorise the use of processed animal proteins derived from insects in poultry and pig feed, hoping to help create a "more sustainable feed chain", in line with its flagship food policy.
24-08-2021

Green agri goals achievable but risk being undermined by carbon leakage – report

Sustainability goals in the agrifood sector are achievable but risk being undermined by weak trade policies, a new assessment by the European Commission’s in-house scientists has found.
19-08-2021

EU tightens limits on cancer-causing cadmium, lead levels in food

The European Commission has set new maximum levels for two cancer-causing food contaminants, cadmium and lead, in a range of food products, due to enter into force at the end of the month.