Pesticides

Agrifood 17-10-2017

De Castro MEP: New plant breeding techniques are nothing like ‘Frankenstein’ GMOs

The vice-chair of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee has argued that Europe should embrace innovative biotechnologies to boost food production while cutting the environmental impact of farming, but environmentalists remain sceptical.

Agrifood 11-10-2017

Key glyphosate hearing to take place in heated atmosphere

The European Parliament’s environment and agriculture committees are holding on Wednesday (11 October) a highly anticipated public hearing on the so-called “Monsanto papers" and glyphosate, which is expected to further heat up the debate on the controversial chemical substance.

Agrifood 11-10-2017

Commission tells member states to improve sustainability of pesticide use

The European Commission said on Tuesday (10 October) that member states must do more to ensure pesticides are used sustainably to avoid putting human or environmental health at risk.

Agrifood 10-10-2017

EU agencies accused of cherry-picking evidence in glyphosate assessment

Lawyers on the “Monsanto papers” case accused the EU agencies responsible for food safety and chemicals of “wilfully sawing off certain studies” in their risk assessment of glyphosate.

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.

MEPs reject Commission’s endocrine disruptor definition

The European Commission will have to rewrite its definition of endocrine disruptors, after MEPs shot down the executive's proposal in a vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday (4 October). EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environment reports.

Agrifood 06-10-2017

Andriukaitis: ‘Enough’ with member states hiding behind the Commission on glyphosate

The member states should stop hiding behind or even pointing the figure at the European Commission regarding the re-authorisation of the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, glyphosate, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com.

Competition 06-10-2017

EU pauses inquiry into Monsanto-Bayer mega-merger

The EU said on Thursday (5 October) it had "stopped the clock" on its probe into German chemical firm Bayer's proposed mega-takeover of US agri-giant Monsanto while it waits for the companies to provide information.

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).

Agrifood 05-10-2017

Bringing sanity back to Europe’s glyphosate debate

For glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used weed killer, 6 November will be a date with destiny, writes Pieter Cleppe.

Endocrine disruptors: Report exposes scale of contamination as Parliament vote looms

More than one-third of all fruit consumed in the EU is contaminated with residues of endocrine disrupting pesticides, according to a study published on Tuesday (3 October), a day before MEPs vote on the European Commission’s controversial endocrine disruptor criteria.

Agrifood 03-10-2017

Farmers fear ‘political’ court ruling on plant breeding techniques

EU farmers have expressed concerns about an ongoing court case on plant breeding techniques, saying it might end up being a "political" decision that does not take into account scientific and economic arguments.

Agrifood 29-09-2017

Maize farmers on glyphosate and neonicotinoids: ‘we need to protect science’

As member states are due to vote on two key dossiers, maize farmers claim that EU regulation restricting access to plant protection products and plant genetics has reduced their competitiveness worldwide and that such regulation is not based on science.

Agrifood 29-09-2017

Monsanto lobbyists barred from European Parliament

Monsanto paid its refusal to appear before the European Parliament with its right to enter it, as MEPS have shut the door to their lobbyists until further notice. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 29-09-2017

Hogan says future CAP will be ‘more ambitious’ on the environment

Phil Hogan, the EU's Agriculture Commissioner, announced that the next CAP will be “more ambitious” in terms of its environmental objectives, by ensuring farmers are on board in greening agriculture through broader use of precision farming techniques.

Agrifood 28-09-2017

Commission seeks ‘largest possible’ support for glyphosate re-authorisation

The European Commission is exploring ways to bridge the gap between different member state requests regarding the re-authorisation of the world's most commonly used weedkiller, glyphosate, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV.

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.

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Agrifood 25-09-2017

France reaffirms opposition to glyphosate licence renewal

France reaffirmed on Monday (25 September) its opposition to plans by the European Commission to extend its approval for the weed killer product glyphosate, the prime minister's office said.

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.

Politics 21-09-2017

Who is behind the EPP’s latest attempt to tighten rules for NGOs?

On 14 September, MEPs voted against amendments to tighten controls on EU-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that act "against EU interests". A search for the proponents of these measures points to a pro-Israeli pressure group and a Glyphosate supporter.

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.

Agrifood 18-09-2017

Commission open to ‘biodiversity clause’ to end glyphosate deadlock

The European Commission stands ready to insert a clause referring to biodiversity in the glyphosate renewal proposal if requested by member states, a Commission Spokesperson told EURACTIV.

Agrifood 18-09-2017

Greenpeace director: CAP’s two-pillar structure has failed, we need a new contract

The direct payments pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy has too often wiped out the environmental benefits provided by parts of the rural development pillar, therefore real reform is needed to move the EU away from industrial farming practices, Greenpeace’s Marco Contiero told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Marco Contiero is Greenpeace's food and agriculture director. He …

Agrifood 12-09-2017

EU mulls incentives for space technologies in farm controls

The European Commission is considering new proposals to encourage the use of technologies to monitor farm parcels receiving subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), an EU official told EURACTIV.com.