Food chain sustainability

EU hits pause on helping farmers fight climate change

The farming sector is often blasted for its contribution to climate change. But it also has unique potential to capture and store carbon, write Imke Lübbeke and Andreas Baumüller.
Agrifood 08-04-2019

Seven benefits of having an aquaponics garden at home

The European Parliament research service recently listed aquaponics – the symbiotic cultivation of fish and plants – as one of the ten technologies that could change our lives, producing local food without any chemical fertilisers, writes Robert Woods.
Agrifood 28-01-2019

Citizens are fed up with industrial agriculture

Europe's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was a big issue at this year's Green Week in Berlin. With all the billions of euros available, the agro-ecological transition is more than possible, especially if subsidies to agribusiness and factory farms were stopped, write Harriet Bradley and Trees Robijns.
Agrifood 18-01-2019

Time to give up sacred EU budget cows

As EU member states debate the bloc’s next 7-year budget, no sector should be off-limits. Annika Hedberg argues that each euro spent should provide added value for the EU and its citizens, including the agricultural sector, a major recipient of EU money.
Agrifood 04-12-2018

Decisions on unfair trade practices will make or break its usefulness for producers

The forthcoming Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) directive, which is being finalised in negotiations over the next two weeks, aims to tackle the worst behaviours of the big food buyers, writes Thomas Wills.

Forests and Frankfurters: Why Germans’ love of meat is causing destruction in Latin America

Farming is the world’s biggest driver of deforestation, and beef and soya production are the prime culprits, writes Nicole Polster.
Agrifood 04-10-2018

As cruel industrial pig farming persists in the EU, one million citizens demand change

Under the European Commission’s indulgent eye, the race to the bottom in the EU’s pig industry pushes profits to the edge at the cost of pig welfare, against law and public opinion. But a movement of citizens and NGOs is gaining momentum to demand change in the industry's methods.
Agrifood 27-09-2018

Human suffering should never be an ingredient in the food we eat

Unfair trading practices must be banned from supermarket supply chains to improve the income and working conditions of the people who produce our food in Europe and across the globe, write Marc-Olivier Herman and Tom Wills.
Agrifood 10-07-2018

The EU must take the lead on international fisheries governance

As the largest seafood market in the world, importing more than 60% of its seafood from other countries, the EU has a responsibility to tackle illegal fishing, writes Dr Samantha Burgess.
Agrifood 27-06-2018

Europe must get serious about short food supply chains

Europe must get serious about short food supply chains (SFSC) and put an end to the frustrating inconsistencies within the Common Agricultural Policy and with other European policy fields, write Maria Heubuch and Bart Staes.
Agrifood 08-06-2018

G7 can tackle five priorities with one investment: agricultural research

This week the representatives of the world's most advanced economies grapple with complex challenges at the G7 summit. Smart investments need to be made to solve the five key issues addressed at the summit and the smartest investment is in agricultural research, writes Marcon Ferroni.
Agrifood 08-06-2018

EU opportunity to make fish discarding history

On World Ocean Day (8 June), it is important to bring back to the forefront the debate of overfishing which is undermining the health of our oceans. Five years after the reform on the EU Common Fisheries Policy nothing much has changed, and discarding at sea is still common practice, writes Rebecca Hubbard.
Agrifood 29-05-2018

The moment for a future-proof EU agriculture and food policy is now

The next reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should bring agricultural and food policies out of their respective silos and align actions across different areas in support of building sustainable food systems, write Sirpa Pietikainen and Bart Staes.
Agrifood 24-04-2018

EU governments, businesses, consumers must work together to demand sustainable fisheries

As the seafood industry enters an era that many experts say will bring growing demand and dwindling supply, every player in the supply chain must work to advance sustainability and end illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, writes Amanda Nickson.
Climate change 21-03-2018

Commission study shows path to end agricultural deforestation – now it must act

A new feasibility study on options to fight deforestation will be a litmus test for the European Union’s commitment to halt deforestation by 2020, writes Nicole Polsterer.
Climate change 28-02-2018

Halting deforestation – a critical contribution from the EU

Halting deforestation and allowing forests to regrow would provide at least 30% of all mitigation action needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C. As a major importer of products linked to deforestation, the EU has the leverage to make a difference, writes former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres.
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 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.
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.
Agrifood 04-11-2016

Time for EU rabbit farming to enter the 21st century

Raising rabbits for food used to be a back yard enterprise. Not anymore, writes Olga Kikou, who urges the adoption of EU-wide standards to improve the living condition of farmed rabbits in Europe.
Agrifood 04-11-2016

Let’s ‘meat’ in the middle on climate change

The contribution of animal-source foods to global warming cannot be ignored. But encouraging everyone to become vegetarian or even vegan can’t be the silver bullet solution envisioned by some, argues Polly Ericksen.
Agrifood 31-10-2016

Hard to swallow: Breaking the EU taboo on healthy, sustainable diets

The European Commission has consistently failed to deliver commitments on promoting healthy and sustainable diets. New plans to increase rather than reduce meat consumption are proving difficult to stomach, argues Dr Joanna Swabe.
Agrifood 20-10-2016

The EU’s promotion of meat consumption is misguided, Mr Hogan

Ever since he took office, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has promoted the interests of the livestock sector while ignoring health warnings and environmental concerns over meat consumption, writes Olga Kikou.
Agrifood 29-09-2016

Why don’t Denmark and Germany want to save Baltic cod?

Western Baltic cod is on the brink of collapse while politicians shirk responsibility, writes Lasse Gustavsson.

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