Food chain sustainability

Agrifood 08-12-2017

Council and Parliament agree on ‘flexible’ fishing limits for North Sea

EU member states and Norway reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament late on Thursday night (7 December) on fishing limits in the North Sea ahead of next week's Fisheries Council.

Agrifood 07-12-2017

EESC: EU needs a comprehensive food policy

Europe needs to revolutionise its approach to food, focusing on sustainability and health to tackle the many challenges of the future, said a report published on Wednesday (6 December).

Economy & Jobs 30-11-2017

Mystery of the eel: Europe’s own ivory trade

The European Commission has proposed a ban on eel fishing in the Atlantic, in an attempt to recover the dwindling stock of the European eel, a critically endangered species that is traded illegally by an industry that is worth millions of euros.

Agrifood 28-11-2017

Time to move fish welfare from principle to practice

The unseen life of farmed fish has given them low visibility in civil society, in policy circles, and in the animal welfare movement, despite scientific consensus that fish are sentient, and suffer pain, fear, and stress. Now it is time to act, writes Douglas Waley.

Agrifood 28-11-2017

Spain reports another case of mad cow disease

A case of "mad cow disease" has been discovered in northwestern Spain, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday (27 November).

Agrifood 15-11-2017

Organic farming: progress in EU seeds and agricultural biodiversity

The issue of seeds available for organic farming and the biodiversity promoted by this agronomic model is among the topics that have been subject of the longest and most heated negotiations. But progress is waiting around the corner, writes Blanche Magarinos-Rey.

Agrifood 10-11-2017

Commission puts EU fishermen in catch-22 situation

The European Commission has proposed new fishing quotas for 2018 but new rules create a paradox whereby fishermen won't actually be able to cast off and go out to sea.

Agrifood 08-11-2017

The ins and outs of the European food chain

The 44 million workers in the EU’s food chain are vital to ensuring European citizens have access to sufficient quantities of high quality food. From farmers to retailers, the sector is constantly evolving to keep up with the major challenges of the future.

Agrifood 27-10-2017

Dairy farmers demand EU action on milk prices

Europe’s dairy farmers gathered in front of the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels on Thursday (26 October) to demand measures to improve their income security in the face of recurring crises in the sector.

Agrifood 16-10-2017

Agrifood mergers bad for farmers, experts warn

Mergers in the agrifood sector squeeze farmers’ income and consolidate current models of food production, aggravating environmental and social fallouts, according to experts, who warn that they also create barriers for victims of industrial disasters seeking justice.

Agrifood 05-10-2017

All fish sold in the EU must be of high standard

The European Commission needs to work out more effective rules to ensure that only fish meeting high social and environmental standards can enter the EU market, as well as a better implementation of the EU control regime in general, argue Linnéa Engström and Javier Garat.

Development Policy 26-09-2017

FAO official: GMOs not needed but we should be open to biotechnologies

The requirements of food production can be met without GMOs but we should not eliminate the broader benefits that biotechnologies can provide, Daniel Gustafson told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 26-09-2017

Fishing for trouble: How Europe is losing money by overfishing

Replenishing Europe’s fishing stocks could create thousands of jobs and boost the EU's GDP by €4.9 billion per year, a new study says, but environmental activists warn that governments lack the political will to implement EU guidelines on sustainable fishing.

Circular economy 25-09-2017

Member states seek to water down food waste proposal

Member states have been trying to water down the proposals for food waste reduction, according to leaked documents from the EU waste directive discussions in the Council of the European Union, seen by EURACTIV.com.

Climate change 18-09-2017

Figueres calls for EU action plan on ‘imported deforestation’

Former UN climate Chief Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the Paris Agreement, has called on the European Union to step up regulatory action against deforestation in the global south by tackling emissions of imported agricultural goods, like beef, soy and palm oil.

Agrifood 04-09-2017

EPP says no ‘hasty’ CAP reform before 2024

EXCLUSIVE / The European People’s Party (EPP) believes Brussels must first settle the UK's departure from the European Union and set a stable post-Brexit financial framework “before triggering discussions on the future reform" of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Agrifood 30-08-2017

EU heading for butter shortage by year end

Dairy producers have warned that the EU faces a butter supply crisis by the end of the year, as changing demand and market imbalances send prices to a historic high.

Agrifood 28-08-2017

Yara boss: Africa has major potential in future food security

Europe will remain an important supplier of agricultural goods in the future but the greatest untapped potential lies in Africa, which could become the “bread basket” for the rest of the world, the president of Yara, a multinational fertiliser and crop nutrition company, told EURACTIV.

Agrifood 25-08-2017

French wine production drops following drought and frost

The production of French wine is expected to drop by 18% this year due to the weather conditions, according to a statement by the French ministry of agriculture published on Friday, August 25. EURACTIV's partner Ouest France reports.

Agrifood 25-08-2017

Spain to recall 20,000 tonnes of fruit due to overproduction

The European Commission approved the Spanish Government’s request to recall nearly 20,000 tons of stone fruit from the market due toexcess production. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.

Agrifood 21-08-2017

Spanish honey production drops, as disappearing bees continue to sound alarm bells

Honey production in Spain dropped 4.08% last year, the country's agriculture ministry warned. A decline in bees, which pollinate between 5% and 8% of global food production, poses a serious threat the food chain. EURACTIV's partner EFEagro reports.

Agrifood 16-08-2017

Commission launches public consultation on food chain fairness

The European Commission launched on Wednesday (16 August) a public consultation on how to improve fairness in the EU’s food supply chain, in which small farmers are often at a disadvantage compared to powerful middlemen.

Biofuels 06-07-2017

France lays out plan to restrict use of palm oil in biofuels

France will take steps to restrict the use of palm oil in producing biofuels in order to reduce deforestation in the countries of origin, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday (6 July).

Agrifood 01-06-2017

Farming innovation is staple for Europe’s food security

As the United Nations celebrate World Milk Day, Ramiro Cabral highlights a seemingly impossible challenge: producing more food in a manner that uses less land, water, feed and energy, all the while ensuring animal welfare.