Nutrition and health

Agrifood 13-09-2021

COVID highlights need for EU to regulate wildlife trafficking

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need to regulate the trade in live wild animals, who could carry viruses. In Europe, the lack of regulation on this subject represents a major health risk.
Agrifood 02-09-2021

First gene edited ‘cancer-cutting’ wheat trials get the go ahead in UK

The UK government has granted permission for a series of field trials of gene edited wheat for the first time in Europe, marking a move away from the EU’s stance on the matter.
Agrifood 09-06-2021

Gut instinct: Innovative feedstuffs hold huge potential for boosting microbiome

The potential of innovative feed solutions for boosting gut microbiome health of animals remains underexplored, despite mounting scientific evidence indicating that it underpins both animal health and welfare, stakeholders have highlighted.
Agrifood 21-05-2021

Animal Health and Welfare: What role for Animal Nutrition?

Animal health and welfare are key dimensions of the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), the European Commission’s pivotal agri-food policy at the heart of the EU Green Deal.
Agrifood 20-05-2021

Expert: ‘Climate natives’ should be at the centre of EU’s Farm to Fork strategy

Europe's vision of the future of food systems needs to be improved with a focus on young generations, who will be putting into practice the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), according to Riccardo Valentini, a prominent agricultural expert, who warned that "everything in this transition that is done without young people is a waste of money".
Agrifood 26-02-2021

Almost half of French people have cut meat consumption in last three years

French people tend to eat less meat than before, according to the results of the Harris Interactive survey published on Thursday ( 25 February). This change in eating habits can only be welcomed, both from an environmental and health perspective. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 26-02-2021

Italy, Slovenia await Commission to settle balsamic vinegar dispute

Italy is up in arms, trying to defend the world-famous balsamic vinegar of Modena from an attempt to 'standardise' its production made by Slovenia, and the European Commission appears to have until 3 March to settle the issue.
Agrifood 24-02-2021

EU regions’ advisory body proposes ‘Mediterranean diet’ label

An ad hoc label for food products belonging to the Mediterranean diet is the latest suggestion in the EU-wide food labelling fray to cope with negative effects caused by colour-coded Nutri-score.
Agrifood 04-02-2021

Commission dampens bid to end EU meat promotion

The European Commission has softened its stance on phasing out the promotion of red and processed meat in Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, and the latest change has received a mixed reception from stakeholders.
Agrifood 16-12-2020

Feed additives ‘key tool’ in achieving farming sustainability goals, say stakeholders

Feed additives hold enormous potential for reducing the environmental impact of the farming sector, but are not getting the attention they deserve according to farming sector and feed industry stakeholders, who are calling for more focus on the role of feed additives in contributing to sustainability goals.
Agrifood 27-10-2020

Spirulina: latest trend or future food?

After France's National Assembly discussed its "National Strategy on Plant Proteins for Human and Animal Nutrition" on Monday (26 October), EURACTIV France reports on spirulina, a high-protein food and favourite among the French that can help combat malnutrition.
Agrifood 15-09-2020

MEPs want Commission to enter the veggie burger fray

European Parliament lawmakers are considering asking the European Commission to step in and help nix any doubts about the terminology used for plant-based meat substitutes, which are gaining in popularity across the EU.
Agrifood 09-07-2020

Kyriakides: Investments will match EU’s ambition on sustainable food systems

The EU's determination to become a global leader in sustainability will be matched by investments in solutions to deliver on the commitments set out in the EU's new food policy, Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Agrifood 24-06-2020

Farm to Fork Strategy: What role of nutrients?

Looking at the future of agriculture in general, and the fertiliser industry in particular, the challenges of sustainable food production are apparent. Growing food demand will force farmers to invest in innovative tools to increase production, ensuring maximum efficiency from...
Agrifood 23-06-2020

Food security is no longer an issue in the EU, says Commissioner

Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius has cast doubt on the long-standing primacy of food security over environmental aspects in the current EU food system, suggesting that traditional concerns might give way to issues like climate change, sustainability, or biodiversity.
Agrifood 03-06-2020

COVID-19 could be ‘straw that breaks meat industry’s back’ says new report

Nearly three-quarters of the world’s largest meat, fish and dairy companies have been graded as a ‘high' pandemic risk and criticised for their inability to prevent the emergence of new zoonotic diseases in a new report released on Wednesday (3 June).
Agrifood 29-05-2020

EU food stocks: Should gear up for a rise of food protectionism?

The EU is preparing to change its agricultural storage policy at a time when the COVID-19 health crisis has highlighted the weaknesses of its reserves. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 22-05-2020

Farm to Fork strategy softens stance on meat but backs alternative proteins

The EU's pivotal Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, presented on Wednesday (20 May), softened its stance on meat compared to the previous draft versions but offered staunch support for alternative proteins, which campaigners said was the first step in the right direction.
Agrifood 20-05-2020

Commission upholds highly ambitious targets to transform EU food system

After several delays, the EU's new flagship food policy was finally released on Wednesday (20 May), confirming the aspiration of the EU executive to transform the European way of producing, distributing and consuming food.
Agrifood 12-05-2020

Kyriakides: No mandatory front-of-pack labelling in the Farm to Fork

Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides scaled back the ambition of the EU's new food policy during a meeting with agriculture MEPs on Monday (11 May), revealing that it will not provide a compulsory EU-wide nutritional food label scheme.
Agrifood 30-04-2020

EU-wide food label should not fall to the back-burner, say advocates

Advocates for an EU-wide mandatory Nutri-score food label want the European Commission not to overlook the long-awaited harmonisation of front-of-pack nutritional labelling, despite the focus on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agrifood 09-04-2020

EU food safety passed COVID-19 test, MEP says

The European food supply chain and food safety system are proving to be extremely resilient,  according to Europe's People Party (EPP) coordinator at European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, Herbert Dorfmann, as people still manage to find available and safe food on supermarket shelves even in time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agrifood 06-04-2020

French farmers and MPs call for the creation of European food stocks

French agricultural producers and MPs are urging the European Commission to set up food stocks to avoid falling prices and the destruction of certain food products. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 25-03-2020

COVID-19: France calls unemployed to work in fields as borders stay closed

The French government has called on the technically unemployed French to make themselves available to help farmers with seasonal harvests. But such 'agricultural patriotism' does not bode well with the tightening of containment. EURACTIV France reports.