Agrifood Archives

  • Agrifood Brief: Days of wine and truces

    18-06-2021

    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 discusses the controversy around the fact that EU farmers association COPA-COGECA was …

  • UK suffers ‘disaster’ £2bn drop in EU exports

    Brexit 18-06-2021

    In the first three months of this year, the UK food and drink sector has taken a £2 billion hit in lost exports to the EU, described by the industry as a ‘disaster’, according to new figures published on Friday (18 June).

  • Parliament still hopeful for CAP deal during Portugal’s EU presidency

    16-06-2021

    The European Parliament still hopes to reach an agreement on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform during Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU, the chair of the assembly's agriculture committee announced on Tuesday (15 June).

  • EU agrifood sector rejoices at five-year trade truce with US

    16-06-2021

    Agri-food stakeholders and policymakers have welcomed the extension of the retaliatory tariff reprieve with the United States for another five years, as well as the steps taken to end the civil aircraft dispute that has disproportionately affected the sector.

  • Decision to invite EU farmers association to informal CAP talks divides opinion

    16-06-2021

    The decision by the Portuguese rotating presidency to invite exclusively EU farmers association COPA-COGECA to this week’s informal gathering of EU agriculture ministers has divided agricultural stakeholders, some of whom complained that "this toxic tradition" should end. 

  • MEP: Member states trying to preserve ‘absurd’ agricultural status quo

    15-06-2021

    EU member states are trying to preserve “absurd” agricultural situations when it comes to redistribution of farming payments, according to one MEP, who stressed that the European Parliament is not willing to budge on the matter.

  • Bundestag adopts national CAP package amid ongoing EU negotiations

    14-06-2021

    While negotiations on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform have not been concluded in Brussels, the German Bundestag, racing to complete work before national elections in September, has passed a legislative package to be implemented at the national level.

  • Agrifood brief: The art of counting chickens

    11-06-2021

    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: We spoke with EURACTIV's very own Ben Fox about the so-called "sausage war" …

  • Germany’s pre-UN food summit talks criticised for ignoring ‘most marginalised’

    11-06-2021

    In the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September, Germany's agriculture ministry launched its preparatory process at a conference this week where politicians, agriculture and health experts exchanged their views on future food production. However, the dialogue was criticised for missing the voices of marginalised people. EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • MEPs overwhelmingly vote to ban cages for farmed animals

    10-06-2021

    The European Parliament urged the European Commission to make cages for farmed animals a thing of the past in a resolution adopted on Thursday (10 June), marking a first step towards a ban on cages by 2027.

  • Ireland split over giving farmers equal share of CAP payments

    10-06-2021

    In Ireland, a storm is brewing over the need to give all farmers an equal slice of EU payments. While Irish farmers association argue that this risks more farms becoming unviable, proponents say it is needed even the playing field for small farms.

  • Gut instinct: Innovative feedstuffs hold huge potential for boosting microbiome

    09-06-2021

    The potential of innovative feed solutions for boosting gut microbiome health of animals remains underexplored, despite mounting scientific evidence indicating that it underpins both animal health and welfare, stakeholders have highlighted.