Food chain sustainability

Agrifood 16-01-2020

European Parliament kicks off debate on pesticide, food waste cuts

MEPs agreed their first stance on the new Commission’s environmental flagship policy, the European Green Deal, aiming at halving food waste by 2030 and setting binding reduction targets for hazardous pesticides.
Agrifood 15-01-2020

Cultured meat could be on the EU market ‘as early as 2022’

After environmentalist George Monbiot’s controversial “Apocalypse Cow” documentary recently suggested that we may soon see the end of all farming, EURACTIV took a look at cultured meat to see what it is and where we're at.
Agrifood 10-01-2020

Could Germany impose a tax on meat?

Shortly before Germany launches its "green week", Lower Saxony's conservative agriculture minister, Barbara Otte-Kinast (CDU), raised the issue of introducing a meat tax, again, which is something animal welfare activists have been demanding for years. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 09-01-2020

Welfare of rabbits farmed in Europe not up to scratch, says EFSA

The welfare of adult rabbits kept in conventional cage systems is worse than that of those housed in other systems used in the EU, EFSA has concluded in an extensive study which investigated rabbit welfare in the EU.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

Future of France’s organic products may lie in hands of large supermarkets

If the production of organic products continues to grow every year in France, mass distribution will supply even more of these products by 2022, according to an analysis note from the Xerfi Precepta Institute. But could such a development prove to be risky? EURACTIV's partner Le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

French dairy industry ranks first worldwide but farmers don’t reap the benefits

The concentration of the French dairy industry, which is at the origin of the impoverishment of milk producers, paradoxically ranks the sector above its global competitors, according to a study by France Agrimer. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

Collaborative initiative aims to improve sustainability of EU dairy farming

Eight agricultural sector leaders have announced Farming for Generations, a global collaboration to support dairy farmers to adopt regenerative agricultural practices that preserve and renew our planet’s resources, respect animal welfare and ensure the long-term economic viability of farms for the next generation.
Agrifood 11-12-2019

EU’s new agriculture Commissioner vows to promote organic farming

The EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, highlighted the promotion of organic farming as a key aim for the new European Commission in his inaugural speech yesterday (10 December).
Agrifood 02-12-2019

EU-wide approach to due diligence needed to regulate cacao sector, manufacturers and NGOs say

Some of the world’s biggest chocolate manufacturers have called on the EU to “strengthen human rights and environmental due diligence requirements of companies in global cocoa supply chains”
Agrifood 22-11-2019

More focus needed on food waste in the creation of a circular economy

Ahead of a Finnish Council Presidency’s conference that aims to set the EU agenda for action on food waste towards 2030, a number of companies have made commitments to reduce their food waste, but a number of barriers still stand in their way.
Climate change 13-11-2019

Indigenous leaders urge EU to protect forest homeland

Brazilian indigenous leaders pleaded Tuesday (12 November) with European lawmakers to protect the Amazon and the communities living there, warning that the West's insatiable appetite was risking the health of the planet.
Agrifood 31-10-2019

Co-ops show that other side of the food chain can be ‘greened’ too

Focusing the debate over the new EU food policy only on greening the agricultural production may detract from the other side of the food chain which has ground to become more sustainable, as the experience of retailing co-operatives shows.
Agrifood 29-10-2019

MEPs have high hopes for the EU’s new food policy

Lawmakers in the European Parliament expect an ambitious Commission's proposal on the new EU long-term and integrated food policy, that ensures safe, quality and affordable foodstuffs to all European citizens but without harming actors in the food supply chain.
Agrifood 28-10-2019

Commission sets out 2020 fishing quotas in the Atlantic and North Sea

On 24 October, the EU proposed to significantly reduce total allowable catches (TACs) in the North-East Atlantic and the North Sea for cod starting in 2020. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports. 
Agrifood 05-09-2019

World’s sixty largest meat, dairy and fish farms ranked in new sustainability index

A group of concerned investors has examined the sustainability of the world's largest fattening farms and dairy factories that supply the global food industry. And the results aren't mouth-watering, EURACTIV Germany reports.
A swordfish caught in an illegal driftnet used by the Luna Rossa shipping vessel. [Gavin Parsons/Greenpeace].
Agrifood 23-07-2019

Two French MPs want their Parliament to discuss Europe’s overfishing problem

Two French MPs presented a report to the French parliamentary committee on European affairs on 17 July. The report recommended 27 measures to prevent the collapse of Europe's fish resources. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Agrifood 09-05-2019

EU bets on digitalisation to fight illegal fishing

The European Commission launched a new IT tool on Tuesday (8 May) to track illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) from third countries, with a view to set up an entirely digitalised documentation of catches.

Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life

A landmark UN report published yesterday (6 May) reveals 1 million species are at risk of extinction, with agriculture and fishing the primary causes of the deterioration, which also threatens humankind. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Agrifood 18-02-2019

MEPs want less EU money going to intensive farming

Lawmakers in the European Parliament's environment committee have voted for a reduction in subsidies going to intensive farming under the common agricultural policy as of 2021. EURACTIV France reports.
Arctic Agenda 15-02-2019

New treaty bans commercial fishing in the Arctic for 16 years

The European Union and nine other countries, including the US and Russia, approved an international agreement on Thursday (14 February) that will prohibit commercial vessels from fishing in the Arctic in order to preserve the region's fragile ecosystem.
Agrifood 07-02-2019

Collective of 400 EU stakeholders call for a ‘common food policy’

400 agriculture-related EU stakeholders, convened by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), has mapped out a new governance architecture for food systems in a bid to create sustainable food systems under a ‘Common Food Policy’.
Agrifood 01-02-2019

Poland admits exporting suspect beef to ten EU countries

The European Commission will send a team of inspectors to Poland on Monday after a TV report showed sick cows being butchered for food in a Polish slaughterhouse.
Agrifood 17-01-2019

Scientists call for radical change of diet to transform global food system

The global food system needs urgent reform, less meat consumption and more legumes, as three billion people worldwide are malnourished and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries, scientists have warned in a new report.
Agrifood 21-12-2018

Greek farmers fume against mayor who banned short food supply chains

The mayor of Kozani, a city in northern Greece, decided to ban the “movement without intermediaries”, which had created a direct link between local farmers and consumers.

Want to know what's going on in the EU Capitals daily? Subscribe now to our new 9am newsletter.