Nutrition and health

Agrifood 10-10-2017

UK shadow minister: Britain needs a real food policy after Brexit

After Brexit, the UK should develop a real food policy focused on consumer health and self-sufficiency, while ensuring public money gets to the farmers who need it, David Drew told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Development Policy 26-09-2017

FAO official: GMOs not needed but we should be open to biotechnologies

The requirements of food production can be met without GMOs but we should not eliminate the broader benefits that biotechnologies can provide, Daniel Gustafson told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 06-07-2017

Nestlé boss: Simplified food labels will better inform consumers

Simplified food label schemes like the UK-style traffic light will provide EU consumers clear and simple elements and therefore, better inform them, Marco Settembri told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 09-03-2017

Romanian MEP: EU needs food quality agency

Food quality in Western Europe can differ greatly to what Central and Eastern European shops stock on their shelves. S&D group MEP Daciana Sârbu spoke to EURACTIV Romania about the issue and promoting local produce.

Health 16-12-2016

Diabetes expert: Urgent need for education ‘at every level’

There is a great need to raise awareness and enhance education on diabetes and a healthier lifestyle “at every level”, Stella de Sabata, head of the International Diabetes Federation, told EURACTIV.com.

Agrifood 15-12-2016

José Bové: ‘The purpose of agriculture is to feed our citizens’

The European executive will reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by the end of 2017. José Bové and Éric Andrieu argue for an agricultural system that puts the environment, human health and small businesses first. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France reports.

Development Policy 10-06-2016

Tony Simons: Agroforestry is a ‘win-win’ for developing nations

Agroforestry is a "back to the future" concept, advocating a return to the origins of farming —trees and fields— rather than the modern concept of huge monocultures, says Tony Simons.

Health 23-09-2013

Belgian tennis star: ‘I was eating a lot of fast food’

Becoming disciplined to exercise and eat well was a learning curve for tennis champion Justine Henin, but she is helping to fight obesity by promoting healthy living and eating amongst young people, drawing on her personal experience and through her foundations.

Androulla Vassiliou
Sports 13-09-2013

Vassiliou: ‘Europeans should get out of their chairs more often’

Some 60% of Europeans seldom engage in sport or physical activity, says EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, who urges Europeans to get out of their chairs to help combat obesity.

Health 17-07-2013

Doctor: Weight loss must not be main focus for obese people

Instead of focusing on weight loss, European physicians should pay attention to the waist and in general where the "dangerous" fat is stored in obese patients as these are better indicators of the development of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and type-2 diabetes, says Jean-Pierre Després.

Health 24-05-2013

American obesity expert: What the EU can learn from the US

The United States is often ahead of Europe when it comes to the newest technology but also unhealthy lifestyles. Therefore, the EU could look to the US for solutions on how to deal with obesity, says James O. Hill.

Development Policy 26-04-2013

UN food official: Donor flexibility is vital to crisis response

The World Food Programme is UN’s front-line agency in disaster and conflict areas. Its new director in the Horn of Africa, Valerie Guarnieri, says the European Union’s recent crisis response in sub-Saharan Africa should set a new standard for financing humanitarian action.