Modern farming

Agrifood 11-02-2019

Young people and women in EU farming

The EU farming sector is faced with an ageing population. In 2016 only 11% of farm managers in the EU were young farmers under the age of 40 years, according to Eurostat.
Agrifood 25-01-2019

EU agriculture Commissioner ‘surprised’ by gene editing court ruling

The European governments have to decide whether science or politics are applied when it comes to issues such as new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs), EU's Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said.
Agrifood 24-01-2019

French MEP: Politicians should not play with people’s fears of pesticides

French MEP Angélique Delahaye believes that policymakers must tell citizens what is currently possible and what is not when it comes to pesticides. She also urged lawmakers to working in earnest to fund research and innovation in order to use as few crop protection products as possible.
Agrifood 15-01-2019

The way agricultural aid is distributed creates inequalities, French court of auditors say

The way agricultural aid is distributed in France is unequal and produces negative effects, the French court of auditors said in a summary judgement. The chamber is calling for changes to how aid is allocated under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), though this is currently not on the agenda. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 22-11-2018

EU’s new draft food law weak on traceability, activists warn

Insecticides in eggs, salmonella in baby milk – how can major food scandals continue to occur, despite strict EU rules? The EU is currently revising its food law but for consumer protection campaigners, the proposals do not go far enough to ensure full traceability. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 14-11-2018

France struggling to phase out pesticides

France has promised to phase out glyphosate at a quicker rate than the EU. However, successive “Ecophyto plans” have not produced any results and meanwhile, the use of phytosanitary products continues to grow. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 10-08-2018

Phasing out pesticides is the chance for Europe to heal its environment and economy

The recent re-authorisation of glyphosate controversy highlighted the many issues surrounding pesticides, their purpose and our dependency on them, as well as the harm they bring to­­­­­ our health and the environment, writes Natacha Cingotti.
Agrifood 04-06-2018

Bayer to ditch Monsanto name in a bid to protect corporate reputation

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer will discard the name Monsanto when it takes over the controversial US seeds and pesticides producer this week, the group said on Monday (4 June). “Bayer will remain the name of the firm. Monsanto...
Agrifood 27-04-2018

Invoking science, Europe shuts the door to neonics

The European Commission decided on Friday (27 April) to impose a complete ban on neonicotinoids, after managing to achieve the necessary qualified majority among EU member states.
Agrifood 27-04-2018

Andriukaitis: Neonics case proves Commission is ‘consistent’ with science

No one can blame the European Commission of being in the hands of industry lobbies, as in both the glyphosate and neonicotinoids cases, it made “consistent” decisions, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 25-04-2018

EFSA boss: EU food law overhaul ‘a big step towards transparency’

The European Commission has learned its lesson from the glyphosate controversy and is coming forward with “bold proposals” on transparency, says Bernhard Url. The raw data of all industry-funded studies related to pesticides will be made publicly available under Commission plans, he told EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 27-03-2018

Land degradation threatens wellbeing of two-fifths of humanity, major report warns

Land degradation caused by human activities undermines the well-being of at least 3.2 billion people, costs more than 10% of annual global GDP in lost ecosystem services and endangers food security, warn a hundred experts from 45 countries in a three-year assessment report published yesterday (26 March).
Agrifood 22-02-2018

Pesticides found in three-quarters of fruit in France

A recent study published by the French NGO Générations Future revealed that 72.6% of non-organic fruit, contained pesticide residues. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 09-02-2018

CAP reform – what about air quality?

The third cause of death in France, air quality is particularly affected by agricultural activity. But it's an issue that is barely touched upon in the talks on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EURACTIV.fr reports
Agrifood 07-11-2017

Scientists urge action against insect decline

Scientists have come to Brussels to warn policymakers of the negative impact of pesticides on bees as the Commission prepares to propose a full ban on neonicotinoids.
Agrifood 30-10-2017

Justice for bees: French court to look at pesticide ban

An environmental organisation has filed a lawsuit to ban sulfoxaflor, a pesticide that has fallen through the cracks of the ban on neonicotinoids. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 25-10-2017

EU delays vote on renewing controversial weedkiller licence

The EU on Wednesday (25 October) postponed a vote on renewing the licence for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which the European Parliament wants to ban in five years' time amid criticism that it may cause cancer.
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 06-10-2017

Study: Bee-harming pesticides in 75% of honey worldwide

Traces of pesticides that act as nerve agents on bees have been found in 75% of honey worldwide, raising concern about the survival of these crucial crop pollinators, researchers said yesterday (5 October).

Endocrine disruptors: A guilty definition

French socialist MEPs are defiant against the Commission's "weak, superficial and incomplete" definition of endocrine disruptors, blaming it on French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot, and calling on the European Parliament to reject it on Wednesday 4 October.
Agrifood 25-09-2017

France’s ecology minister meets angry farmers and promises ‘shared solution’

French farmers have been protesting France's proposed ban on glyphosate, Europe's number one pesticide. Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot tried to engage in dialogue with them to achieve a "shared solution". EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Agrifood 20-09-2017

Commission readies further restrictions to neonicotinoids

The European Commission plans to propose further restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, an EU official told EURACTIV on Wednesday (20 September), amid a continuing tug of war between environmental groups and pesticide producers.
Competition 22-08-2017

Commission launches in-depth probe of Bayer-Monsanto merger

The European Commission has launched an "in-depth" investigation into the proposed merger of global agriculture giants Monsanto and Bayer, amid concerns that it may create too high a concentration and disrupt competition in the areas of pesticides and seeds.
Agrifood 30-06-2017

US journal Science publishes study linking neonicotinoids to bee deaths

Two of the most extensive field studies conducted to date in Europe and Canada have confirmed the hypothesis that neonicotinoid insecticides are harmful to bees and other pollinating species.

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