Time to tip our food systems towards a sustainable and equitable future

By finding well targeted 'tipping points', a sustainable, resilient, and more equitable world food system can still be created, argue Simon Sharpe and Tim Lenton.
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Regulation and business action – A positive path to a more sustainable food system

Our world has an environmental crisis on its hands. Our hands. Not something for the near or mid future. It’s here, now. Does anyone remain to be convinced?
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Can meat producers communicate about sustainability?

Sustainable food requires massive investments across the value chain and commitment from consumers to choose sustainability. Together, farmers, producers, consumers, and customers can create a sustainable future for food.
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Creating healthy food environments – EU policies and key stakeholder contributions

ISA has engaged to proudly support a recent EURACTIV event where panellists discussed EU food policies that aim to create healthy food environments for EU citizens, focusing on the contribution of different stakeholders.
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Advancing Sustainable Agriculture: the role of advanced farm machines & solutions

Advancing sustainable agriculture in Europe is possible, but to do so, technology uptake needs to take-off through investment support in advanced farm machinery, precision farming technologies and digital solutions.
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From farm to fork – from necessity to opportunity

As the second-largest food company internationally, PepsiCo is well aware of the evident challenges that the food system is facing and has openly endorsed the collaborative work that the European Commission has led in putting together the code of conduct.

No CAP reform without trade reform

Negotiations to attempt to align the next phase of the Common Agricultural Policy to the EU Green Deal drag on. Yet the goal of a truly sustainable European agricultural policy will only be achieved alongside a courageous trade policy, argues Thilo Bode.
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Technological advances in animal health can support young farmers with ecological practices

For many decades, policies for agriculture, research and development, education and training, and consumer demands have influenced the use of technology in farming as well as farm practices.  Roxane Feller is the Secretary-General of AnimalhealthEurope. Previously farmers looked to new...
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Recovery plans must help Europe’s hospitality sector in the short, medium and long term

Europe’s struggling economies are set to get a major boost from the €750 billion COVID-19 recovery fund. In the last weeks ‘recovery and resilience plans’ from across the bloc have been submitted to the Commission as part of what the...

Transparency of fishing activities is essential to secure sustainable and legal seafood

In recent years, the EU has taken a “zero tolerance” approach to illegal fishing practices. Now its vision to stop such practices through increased transparency needs support, writes Pierre Karleskind.
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Historical moment for sustainable food and drink

Decisions made in the coming two years, by businesses and politicians, will determine whether we can create truly sustainable food systems or whether future generations will look back on our actions with incredulity at a missed opportunity.

The European Green Deal and the role of the 2023-2027 CAP

The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will affect the lives and have direct impact on European farmers, consumers and our societies, in general, writes Spilios Livanos. Spilios Livanos is Greece’s Minister of Rural Development and Food. This is a...

One year on, are MEPs ready to boost biodiversity and farm to fork strategies?

In the next few weeks, EU lawmakers have a chance to show their strong support for nature and sustainable agriculture, argue Sabien Leemans and Jabier Ruiz. But will they?
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Urgent action is needed as Europe’s food systems stand at the crossroads of transformation or crisis

The average European wastes their own weight in discarded food each year, and, worryingly for both our health and sustainability, more than half of the adult European population is overweight. Alongside this, agriculture is responsible for around 10 per cent...
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What it means to reopen Europe’s bars

Bars, pubs and cafés across Europe are looking forward to welcoming back customers after months of lockdown. For many, it comes not a moment too soon. It will be an emotional moment as friends and families reunite, once again raising their glasses to savour the beers that they have missed for so long.
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Probiotic foods and food supplements are high on the agenda of European Countries

After the Spanish Q&A in October 2020, in March 2021 the Netherlands too have issued clear indications on the use of the term ‘probiotic’. This is just the tip of the iceberg in probiotics legislation and practices across Member States in the EU.

GM food can and must be labelled

As the European Commission is considering how to regulate genetically modified (GM) products created with new GM technology, Eleonora Evi argues that the EU must continue to label all GM food as such, regardless of the technology used to produce it.

The Brief, powered by VDMA – The Commission’s happy virtual reality

Europe’s transport decarbonisation has never been an easy task. Transport is responsible for as much as 27% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and the European Commission admits that by 2030 things will not change dramatically. Several...
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Plant breeding: 10,000 years of biodiversity threats?

The opposition to modern breeding technologies is strong in Europe; however, it is not based on scientific facts. As soon as a serious flaw in the arguments is exposed, activists are moving the goalposts. From non-existent health dangers, the focus...
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Banning all “cages” for farm animals – a theoretical concept and its actual consequences

The idea of banning the use of cages in livestock farming is gaining some traction in various circles. It makes for a catchy headline to spread the idea that all enclosures are inherently bad for animals, but animal health and welfare are actually much more complex.
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EU taxonomy: Biofuels must play a role in transition to carbon neutrality

The latest draft delegated act of the sustainable finance regulation goes part of the way to fixing what went wrong with the original text, but it still needs to be more inclusive when it comes to proven sustainable renewable energy solutions, writes the EU Biofuels Chain.
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EU-Africa Partnership: Let African Farmers trade rather than being dependent on aid

As an African farmer and exporter, I know all too well the potential of agricultural trade for the development of my country Kenya and my continent. As the European Union and the African Union prepare to agree on their new...

Minimum wage policies offer a lesson for advancement of farming

It is not the case that any minimum wage is bad. Equally true, it is not the case that any biofuels demand is bad. Empirical evidence finds that a set minimum wage is beneficial for economy and society. Likewise, biofuel demand contributes to advancing farming, writes Zoltán Szabó.
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Reviving Spain’s rural areas through the Puebla project

A new Corteva Agriscience project to reverse depopulation in Spain’s rural areas is sowing the seeds for a brighter future, writes Igor Teslenko. Igor Teslenko is the President for Europe of Corteva Agriscience. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance...