Sustainable food systems

Agrifood 26-11-2020

Distance not determining factor of sustainability, says Commission official

Short food chains, often thought of as a 'healthier' way to get food on the table, are not necessarily synonymous with sustainability, according to a Commission official, who called for a considered approach to the trade and sustainability debate. 
Agrifood 24-11-2020

Innovative agri project aims to create ‘digital tenants’ in Croatia

On the back of an increased interest in reconnecting consumers with local food, Croatian citizens are being offered the chance to be involved in an innovative 'agri-digital' project, known as a "Gruntek". EURACTIV Croatia took a closer look.
Agrifood 17-11-2020

Plant biodiversity suffers without livestock grazing, says expert

On the back of a recent European Commission-funded report which called for nuance in the livestock vs environment debate, EURACTIV took a look at the importance of EU grasslands and the role of livestock in maintaining them.
Agrifood 13-11-2020

Despite pandemic’s disaster, brewers insist on EU climate goals

The EU beer industry has vowed to continue investing in sustainable practices in their brewing processes to meet EU Green Deal goals despite disastrous implications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus 12-11-2020

Spread of COVID in minks could hamper potential vaccine, warns EU disease centre

The spread of COVID variants via mink farms could compromise the efficacy of a vaccine, according to a rapid risk assessment published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on Thursday (12 November), which offered up a series of recommendations for dealing with the outbreak.
Agrifood 11-11-2020

EU farming recovery fund to be rolled out from 2021

A provisional agreement has been struck on the rollout of recovery funds in the EU agricultural sector, which will make a total of €10 billion available for farmers from 2021 up until the end of 2022.
Agrifood 10-11-2020

EU honey harvests feel the sting of climate change with record losses

Honey harvests dropped by 40% this year, on the back of extreme weather conditions, according to EU farmers association COPA-COGECA, who sounded the alarm and warned that the sector urgently needs help from the European Commission.
Agrifood 05-11-2020

Agri SMEs need extra helping hand to benefit from post-COVID opportunities

Small and medium-sized enterprises will need an extra helping hand to capitalise on the opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic to adapt to the new reality, stakeholders have warned.
Agrifood 04-11-2020

From ‘spent’ to ‘saved’ grains: reusing by-products in the brewing industry

The EU brewing sector is exploring innovative solutions to upcycle wasted by-products from beer production into products suitable for human and animal consumption as part of their commitment to contribute towards the EU’s green goals.
Agrifood 30-10-2020

Avian flu threat looms large in EU after cases detected in Netherlands

The detection of several cases of avian influenza in the Netherlands has set the EU on red alert for the possibility of spread elsewhere, leaving the country itself on 'high alert' and preparing a mass culling of animals.
Agrifood 27-10-2020

Commission to consider halting export of banned pesticides, EU source says

The European Commission will look to ensure that hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, banned in the European Union are not produced for export, including by “amending relevant legislation if and as needed”, an EU source has confirmed to EURACTIV.
Agrifood 27-10-2020

Commission official: Farm to Fork to be steadily evaluated in its implementation

No impact assessment of the pivotal EU's food policy as such is in the pipeline but each measure in the strategy will be separately evaluated, a Commission official ensured.
Agrifood 26-10-2020

EU food origin labels should be placed on the cards, stakeholders say

Adding another element to the current food labelling debates in the EU, stakeholders have called for an EU origin label to be taken into consideration, saying this would encourage consumers to support the European livestock sector.
Agrifood 15-10-2020

Experts warn of ‘inevitable disruption’ of food supply chains with no-deal Brexit

After the United Kingdom voted against including guarantees on food standards in its post-Brexit legislation this week, experts have warned that a no-deal Brexit holds wide-ranging ramifications for food safety and businesses.
Agrifood 09-10-2020

Campaigners call on EU to halt export of banned pesticides

Civil society organisations are calling on the EU to halt the production and export of banned pesticides to third countries, some of which they say can be detected in food sold back to the EU market.
Agrifood 07-10-2020

No pollinators mean no agriculture, Commission Vice-President warns

Speaking before the European Parliament's plenary, the Dutch Commissioner Frans Timmermans cautioned farmers about the need to change tack on European agricultural policy.
Agrifood 30-09-2020

Routine illegal pig-tail docking continues unabated in the EU

Despite the fact that the practice was outlawed over 20 years ago, only two member states have banned pig-tail docking, according to a Commission response offered to a parliamentary question on the matter.
Agrifood 25-09-2020

EU farmers boss: Farm to Fork to be revised, if negative impact was proved

The European Commission's new food policy should be reviewed if a future impact assessment shows that it will negatively affect farmers, the newly-elected chair of farmers association COPA, Christiane Lambert, told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 21-09-2020

‘Efficiency not a dirty word’: why bigger can sometimes mean better in farming

The concept of efficiency and productivity in farming is often taken to mean poor animal welfare and sustainability, but that is not necessarily the case and more work must be done to change this perception, stakeholders highlighted at a recent event on animal welfare.
Agrifood 18-09-2020

Member states coalition presents latest challenge to colour-coded nutrition label

The fight against France’s Nutri-Score system reigning supreme as the mandatory EU-wide nutrition food label has kicked up a notch with the addition of a new non-paper backed by multiple member states.
Agrifood 16-09-2020

Farmers lament lack of support from Commission chief as Brexit looms

The President of the Irish farmers association has expressed his disappointment at the lack of support Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen showed Irish citizens and farmers during her ‘State of the Union’ speech, saying that her comments about Brexit were “chilling" for Irish farmers.
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 11-09-2020

Every drop counts: Exploring innovative solutions for Europe’s drought problem

A third consecutive year of drought shows that water scarcity is an increasingly frequent and widespread phenomenon in the EU, and one which holds enormous implications for the agricultural sector. EURACTIV spoke with Netafim, a specialist irrigation company, about the innovative solutions on offer to cope with this. 
Agrifood 10-09-2020

Germany well prepared to deal with African swine fever case, says farmers association

German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner confirmed a case of African Swine Fever (ASF) in a wild boar in Germany on Thursday (10 September), but the EU farmers association was quick to stress the country is well prepared to respond to the issue.
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