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Agrifood 09-07-2020

‘Made locally and globally’: An alliance of common sense for consumers

Whether they offer the promise of produce 'made locally' or 'globally', all farmer have an important role to play and offer to consumers, writes Elena Valenciano.
Agrifood 10-12-2019

With a ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy on the cards, is the EU finally listening to its citizens?

The Farm to Fork strategy will reveal whether the new Commission is ready to overhaul some of the EU’s most unsustainable policies and the vested interests behind them but leaked drafts suggest that it will not be truly systemic and...
Agrifood 09-04-2019

Protecting the people behind the barcodes

European ministers meeting in Luxemburg today (9 April) will formally approve new European rules that ban abusive trading practices by supermarkets and large buyers in the global food supply chain, writes Marissa Ryans.
Agrifood 04-12-2018

Decisions on unfair trade practices will make or break its usefulness for producers

The forthcoming Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) directive, which is being finalised in negotiations over the next two weeks, aims to tackle the worst behaviours of the big food buyers, writes Thomas Wills.
Agrifood 08-11-2018

Europe should protect its farmers, not big food multinationals

MEPs working on the 'unfair trade practices' directive risk handing a series of victories to food multinationals in the name of 'fairness for all', argues Christian Verschueren
Agrifood 27-09-2018

Human suffering should never be an ingredient in the food we eat

Unfair trading practices must be banned from supermarket supply chains to improve the income and working conditions of the people who produce our food in Europe and across the globe, write Marc-Olivier Herman and Tom Wills.
Agrifood 13-09-2018

A perspective from Spain: What is unfair for one is unfair for all

As Brussels decision-makers begin their final discussions on the European directive on Unfair Trading Practices this autumn, they would do well to consider assessing some of the successful laws in place around Europe, which have had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the entire food supply chain, write Promarca and FIAB.
Agrifood 30-04-2018

Equal standards for food across the EU: A matter of taste? No, a matter of quality!

What is in the food that we buy? It’s a question whose answer is less certain than it should be. Shockingly, many food manufacturers find it acceptable to sell their food with standard packaging throughout the EU, but with very different content, and often lower quality, in different countries, writes Lilyana Pavlova.  
Agrifood 19-10-2015

Tackling climate change is the key to producing enough nutritious food to beat hunger

Developing a viable and vibrant agricultural sector presents a significant market opportunity for small and family farmers, write Phil Hogan and Neven Mimica.
Agrifood 23-09-2015

European Commission, don’t ‘chicken’ out on a sustainable food strategy

The Commission must develop a strategy towards a sustainable EU food and farming system, including the introduction of a target to reduce the consumption of animal products by 30 percent by 2030, writes Joanna Swabe.
Agrifood 26-09-2013

Why the EU should agree to disagree on GMOs

The demand to transfer powers from the EU back to the national level is politically en-vogue in several EU member states at the moment. EU policy on agricultural biotechnology, however, is an interesting exception, writes Maria Weimer.
Agrifood 10-09-2013

Healthy and green diets go hand in hand

Policy makers, business and industry are starting to wake up to the idea of supporting sustainable diets. Action is already late but we can still act now to show people a way to lead healthier lives in keeping with the planet’s abundance of natural resources, writes Tony Long.
Agrifood 27-07-2012

GMOs: “Anne Glover, you are wrong”

An interview by EURACTIV with Anne Glover, European Commission chief scientific adviser, on GMO crops  triggered a response on EURACTIV.fr last week (27 July) from French MEP Corinne Lepage. Lepage says Glover was "wrong" to state there was "no more risk in eating GMO food than eating conventionally farmed food."
Agrifood 18-11-2008

How Europe should tackle the global food crisis

"The time has come for Europe to take the lead by introducing collective international action and regulation" to tackle the food crisis, argues French Agriculture Minister Michel Barnier in the autumn edition of Europe's World.
Agrifood 15-10-2008

Responding to the global food crisis

The current crisis in the global food system, caused by dramatic price rises, provides an opportunity to assure long-term food security and avoid problems in future, argue three essays in the annual report of the International Food Policy Research Institute.
Agrifood 16-07-2008

The new food equation: Do EU policies add up?

Following a major increase in cereal prices over the past year, the current global environment indicates that "the era of cheap food is over," write Juan Delgado and Indhira Santos in a July policy brief for the Bruegel think tank.
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