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CAP week: post-2020 farming subsidies programme at a crossroads

Agrifood 20-10-2020

On this page, you can follow EURACTIV's live coverage of the pitched battle for the fate of the next EU farming subsidies programme, set to play out this week.

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Forestry’s climate impact ‘invisible’ under UN rules, experts say

Forests are the planet’s biggest carbon “sink” – absorbing more CO2 from the atmosphere than they emit – but their contribution to cooling the earth’s climate are currently not fully accounted for under UN rules, experts point out.
Agrifood 21-10-2020

EU farming subsidies programme is two steps closer to long-awaited reform

EU farm ministers clinched an early-morning deal on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), touted as 'a paradigm shift in European food policy', on Wednesday (21 October). At the same time, the European Parliament's first voting session on the same matter saw a compromise between three biggest political groups.
Agrifood 20-10-2020

Green German MP: The times are changing, and so must the CAP

The European Parliament will vote on the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) at the end of the week. In an interview with EURACTIV France, Bundestag MP Harald Ebner (Greens) spoke about how crucial it was to integrate the European Commission's 'Farm to Fork' strategy into the new CAP, which according to him, should be greener and fairer.

French dairy giant accused of polluting country’s rivers for years

Investigation alleges Lactalis breached environmental regulations at several plants and released milk derivatives that killed fish. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Agrifood 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.
Agrifood 30-09-2020

‘Urban Farming’: Are rooftop fields the future?

Large cities offer millions of square meters of unused roof space. Why aren't they being converted to cultivate crops? The potential seems enormous, but "urban farming" is still in its infancy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 30-09-2020

Rewarding farmers for ecological services could help protect biodiversity

As the World Summit on Biodiversity opens on Wednesday (30 September), new measures to halt its decline are being discussed, including the concept of payments for environmental services, which is currently widely debated in France and Europe. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 30-09-2020

Europe revives carbon farming but without access to carbon markets

The concept of soil carbon sequestration, a cornerstone of regenerative farming, is regaining strength as a key measure in both climate mitigation and adaptation.
Agrifood 29-09-2020

Germany should protect moors, consume less meat to reach EU’s new climate targets, say experts

In Germany, where agriculture is officially responsible for 6.3% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, around 14 million tonnes of greenhouse gases must be saved in order to reach the Paris climate goals. But now that the EU climate targets are to be raised, what contribution can the agriculture sector make? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 29-09-2020

Handling soil with care: Conservation Agriculture’s role in post-2020 CAP

Despite being taken into consideration only slightly in the EU's current farming subsidies programme, Conservation Agriculture is set to play a central role in the green architecture of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Agrifood 25-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: A State of the Agricultural Union

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 24-09-2020

Farmers need financial reassurance to support uptake of agroforestry

In a clear nod to the strategic importance of agroforestry, the term has now cropped up in both the European Green Deal, the European Commission's roadmap for making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050, and the EU’s flagship new food policy, the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy.
Agrifood 24-09-2020

New terminologies in sustainable food systems

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The recent drive for sustainability has seen the emergence of a number of new terminologies, including agroecology, agroforestry and urban farming. The adoption of these new notions into the sustainability discourse has been rapid and has sometimes made new concepts...
Agrifood 15-09-2020

France unlocks €100 million to develop its plant-based protein production

The French government intends to allocate €100 million to develop the country's plant-based protein production. The decision, however, is based more on commercial rather than environmental concerns. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 15-09-2020

MEPs want Commission to enter the veggie burger fray

European Parliament lawmakers are considering asking the European Commission to step in and help nix any doubts about the terminology used for plant-based meat substitutes, which are gaining in popularity across the EU.
Agrifood 08-09-2020

Commission urges swift deployment of COVID-funds for farmers

The €7.5 billion top-up coming to the EU’s farming subsidies programme from the bloc's post-COVID stimulus plan should be made available as quickly as possible, Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said on Monday (7 September).
Agrifood 01-09-2020

Ecological farming can be more profitable than conventional, says new report

A recent report by the government think tank France Stratégie demonstrates the profitability of more environmentally friendly farms and proposes a review of the methods of allocating CAP subsidies to encourage a green transition in farming. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 31-08-2020

Protestors converge on EU agri meeting to demand radical policy reform

Protestors rallied in the German city of Koblenz on Sunday (30 August) and participants told EURACTIV they were demanding sweeping farming reforms as EU agricultural ministers began two days of informal talks hosted by Germany's Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner.
Agrifood 17-08-2020

Agrifood agenda: CAP reform and organics uptake

With the EU's new food policy launched this spring, policymakers will now turn their attention back to the long-delayed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the staple of the bloc's farming industry and the biggest item in its budget.
Agrifood 31-07-2020

CAP tracker: Mapping the latest movements on EU farming policy

Welcome to EURACTIV’s CAP tracker, your one-stop shop for all the latest developments on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Be sure to check back here regularly for your weekly update on all things CAP, including the latest movements on the...
Agrifood 30-07-2020

Bittersweet budget: what changes for CAP after EU summit deal

The final deal on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending that came out of the EU summit in July left a bittersweet taste: the much-feared cuts were not avoided but numbers were improved compared to the Commission's 2018 proposal.
Agrifood 28-07-2020

Unpacking the CAP: exploring the most common concerns

The EU’s common agricultural policy, or ‘CAP’ as it’s known, aims to support farmers and improve agricultural productivity, ensuring a stable supply of affordable food and that the EU’s farmers are able to make a reasonable living while also safeguarding...
Agrifood 14-07-2020

MEP: Precision farming should be part of member states’ recovery plans

Precision farming practices, including digital farming, are the best way to deliver the EU's strategic goals of being green, smart and safe and should be part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans of all member states, according to MEP Petros Kokkalis.
Agrifood 10-07-2020

Agrifood Brief: Farm to Fork targets may not be set in stone

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. Farm to Fork targets may not be set in stone A European Commissioner...

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