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18-11-2020

The unsung superhero – whole grain

Every year, 11 million people across the globe die due to poor diet. A recent research review in the Lancet suggests that nutrition is a bigger health risk than smoking or high blood pressure. According to a recent Global Burden...
16-11-2020

Europe must follow Czechia in banning hen cages

Good news is in short supply these days as Europe battles Covid-19, but there is something to celebrate: breeding millions of egg-laying hens in cages will be banned in the Czech Republic, from 2027, writes Michaela Šojdrová.
Stakeholder Opinion
28-10-2020

Alternative fuels are essential to delivering the Green Deal

Decarbonising road transport requires making the most of low-carbon solutions that work in the vehicles Europeans continue to rely on. In a new joint position paper, a coalition of EU alternative fuels producers and suppliers offers a way to turn failure into success when it comes to reducing transport emissions.
Stakeholder Opinion
27-10-2020

Advanced biofuels, avoiding a second missed opportunity

The recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) marks the first time that a European Directive needs to be significantly amended just a year and a half after its adoption and before even it was transposed into national law, write...
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.
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.
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.
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14-10-2020

Only a collaborative, science-based approach can support the transition to healthier sustainable diets

Five months have now passed since the European Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy was published, and nutrition policy has never been more relevant.
Climate change 14-10-2020

EU strategy is failing to tackle the biggest methane emitter: agriculture

No reduction targets, no mandatory actions to cut methane emissions at farm level, no coherence with existing climate and air quality objectives: these are some reasons why the European Commission’s Methane Strategy will fall short, writes Margherita Tolotto.
Stakeholder Opinion
06-10-2020

The not-so-secret solution to decarbonising EU transport

Sustainable biofuels are already making a big dent in Europe’s dependence on fossil fuel but should be empowered to do even more. With the right policy priorities, the EU Biofuels Value Chain writes, Europe can achieve new, higher emissions-reduction goals....
02-10-2020

The Brief – Clutching at straws: the low hanging fruit of pointless plastic

A ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds was welcomed in the UK yesterday, prompting praise as a win for the environment and a signal that the government means business when it comes to plastic. 
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01-10-2020

COVID-19 – A Spirit of Solidarity

Months after Member States lifted their lockdowns, restaurants and bars are still struggling to attract customers. Today, spiritsEurope launches its five-point Fit For Recovery Plan to support the industry and millions of jobs in an effective way.
Stakeholder Opinion
28-09-2020

Difficult times for Germany’s transport ministry – biofuels could alleviate worries

The German Federal Ministry of Transport might be heading for difficult times in the next decade. On the one hand, the department is under pressure from the EU Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), writes Elmar Baumann.
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25-09-2020

DRS has the potential to deliver full circularity for beverage packaging in the EU

EFBW and UNESDA are calling for a wide deployment of well-designed deposit return systems to meet the collection and rPET targets of the EU Single Use Plastics Directive. Read here the 6 fundamental design criteria they believe will improve DRS efficiency.  Perhaps you could use this illustration below?
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18-09-2020

Farming for the Future

It may feel that 2020 has been the longest year ever, but it’s hard to believe we are already celebrating the first birthday of the Farming for Generations (F4G) partnership. Launched by Danone with the support of Corteva Agriscience and...
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16-09-2020

What’s in a name? How to correctly identify ‘probiotic’ in food and dietary supplements

Although the international scientific definition of probiotics as “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” is well known, in practice the word is often used incorrectly. IPA Europe scientific experts have been working in collaboration with the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), to build on this definition and provide clarity.
Special ReportStakeholder Opinion
16-09-2020

Sustainability in livestock farming is a matter of balance

Sustainability is a balancing act. This goes for every sector, but none more so than the livestock sector, one of Europe’s key focus areas in the EU Green Deal. Roxane Feller is the Secretary-General of AnimalhealthEurope. Repeating comments by Germany’s...
02-09-2020

Back to the egg: a shining example of absurd EU regulation

During this exceptionally hot summer, food chain operators and retailers intuitively used their fridges to prevent eggs from spoilage, although this is not permitted in the EU, writes Kostadin Fikiin.
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Are all renewable aviation fuels equally sustainable?

A recent European Commission inception impact assessment on “ReFuelEU Aviation” presents ideas about a future EU law to promote renewable aviation fuels, labelled as “Sustainable” Aviation Fuels (SAF). These offer a legitimate way to reduce GHG emissions and deserve our...
Coronavirus 19-08-2020

Is there a link between air pollution and the coronavirus?

Early signs suggest the spread of COVID-19 is facilitated by air pollution, and if so, why not clean the air by using alternative fuels, such as ethanol?, writes Angela Tin and Zoltán Szabó. Angela Tin is from the American Lung...
Politics 27-07-2020

Farm to Fork Strategy: A partial response to our farmers’ needs

The European Commission's Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy has pleased environmentalists, but that is not enough - we have to look at the big picture and address its economic and social impact as well, writes Hermann Tertsch.
20-07-2020

Let’s talk about pork…

An EU-funded campaign has been launched in France, Spain and Portugal to ‘demystify’ the production of pork. Joanna Swabe argues that if we’re going to ‘talk about pork’, let’s talk about routine violations of animal welfare legislation and eating less of it.

We won’t get there without sustainable biofuels

It is common knowledge by now: transport is and stays a big greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in the EU and worldwide. It accounted for 27% of EU-28 total emissions in 2017, and the sector runs almost entirely on fossil fuel. David Chiaramonti and Giacomo Talluri explain how this can be curbed.
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