Food safety Archives

  • Freedom of choice over GMO cultivation is a step forward

    Science & Policymaking 20-04-2015

    The European Parliament made history on 15 January this year, when it adopted the so-called opt-out proposal for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The decision to grant national governments this freedom and legal certainty was vital in a time of such euroscepticism, writes Elisabeth Köstinger. 

  • From farm to fork: Investing globally in food safety on World Health Day

    Development Policy 07-04-2015

    On World Health Day (7 April), European Commissioners Vytenis Andriukaitis and Neven Mimica highlight the importance of food safety, malnutrition, and fighting health threats both in the Union and in developing countries.

  • Not only hunger, but malnutrition, too

    Development Policy 16-06-2014

    Continued growth in developing countries, along with poverty-reduction policies, have helped to improve both income and food security globally. Still, eradicating hunger remains an enormous challenge that has an impact on every other attempt to improve lives, writes José Graziano da Silva.

  • The CAR: it doesn’t get much worse than this

    Development Policy 07-04-2014

    The Central African Republic (CAR) – torn apart since December by widespread conflict and killings of civilians by armed groups – is unravelling. The consequences are already catastrophic for many people. Almost the entire population is in desperate need of food, writes Arif Husain.

  • Climate change and food security: The world is watching

    Agrifood 14-02-2014

    The European Union and its member states must act to provide its scientists with the tools they need to ensure and enhance food security at a time of massive global changes. This needs to happen today – not tomorrow – as the world is watching, writes Evan O’Connell.

  • Lab-grown burgers cannot provide a secure future for Africa

    Development Policy 08-08-2013

    Small-scale agriculture is key to feeding Africans, not expensive stem-cell burgers cooked up in a western laboratory, writes John Vidal.

  • How lack of food security is failing a starving world

    Development Policy 11-06-2013

    Starvation is a symptom of a larger problem involving land, health, power and ecological damage, writes the Guardian, content partner of EURACTIV’s Development Policy section.

  • Climate change is worsening world hunger

    Development Policy 28-02-2013

    The livelihood of millions of vulnerable communities already depends on the availability of simple foodstuffs, and now climate change is further threatening that precarious existence, say four top opinion-makers.

  • The road to food security

    Agrifood 26-08-2010

    Getting infrastrucutre and credit to the developing world's farmers is what's needed to improve global food security, writes Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), an international financial institution and a specialised agency of the United Nations.

  • Growing demand for soybeans threatens Amazon rainforest

    Agrifood 05-01-2010

    "Some 3,000 years ago, farmers in eastern China domesticated the soybean. In 1765, the first soybeans were planted in North America. Today the soybean occupies more US cropland than wheat. And in Brazil, where it spread even more rapidly, the soybean is invading the Amazon rainforest," writes Lester R. Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, in a December commentary.

  • Should the EU legislate to fight against obesity?

    Health 12-10-2007

    A ban on advertising is not the right solution to fighting childhood obesity, argues Guillaume Vuillemey in this paper from the Institut Économique Molinari.

  • World Water and Food to 2025: Dealing with Scarcity

    Health 14-11-2002

    World Water and Food to 2025: Dealing with Scarcity Will there be enough water to grow food for the eight billion people expected to populate the earth by 2025? This recent International Food Policy Research Institute publication draws attention to the …