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Agrifood 19-11-2019

Fur farmers failures to meet minimum EU animal welfare standards must be investigated

Exposés of animal suffering on EU fur farms repeatedly reveal failures to comply with even the basic animal welfare requirements of Directive 98/58/EC concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes, writes Sylwia Spurek.
Agrifood 04-04-2019

Animal health law: A power tool against illegal puppy trade?

The EU needs around 8 million puppies annually to meet consumer demand - far beyond legitimate breeders’ capacity. As a result, the illegal online puppy trade is booming, and state-of-the-art trafficking networks benefit from a market approximately worth over €1 billion per year, writes Georgia Diamantopoulou.
Agrifood 30-01-2019

Big agri-food industry aims to kill ‘End The Cage Age’ initiative

The Big Agri industry has launched a multi-pronged attack on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to End The Cage Age – a direct democracy tool that enables European citizens to request an end to the use of cages for farm animals, writes Olga Kikou.
Agrifood 28-01-2019

Citizens are fed up with industrial agriculture

Europe's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was a big issue at this year's Green Week in Berlin. With all the billions of euros available, the agro-ecological transition is more than possible, especially if subsidies to agribusiness and factory farms were stopped, write Harriet Bradley and Trees Robijns.
Agrifood 30-10-2018

We need transition farming in the EU

European tastes are changing and so must farms, therefore we need to support a transition away from industrial animal farming, writes Alexandra Clark.

Putting an end to cosmetics testing on animals, definitively

The EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics was a huge step forward but a global ban is the only guarantee that no animal will have to suffer or die for the sake of a shampoo or lipstick ever again, writes Kerry Postlewhite.

Why the tide is turning on fur farming in Europe

As ethical and animal welfare concerns grow, fur farming bans are spreading across Europe. The tide is turning and this is the time to show why the fur industry belongs in the past, write Joh Vinding and Reineke Hameleers.
Agrifood 22-12-2017

New organic rules and animal welfare: Meeting social expectations or not?

The EU organic logo brings certain guarantees about high standards of animal welfare, and EU institutions ought to show strong commitment to address weaknesses in regards to animal welfare rules, writes Olga Kikou.
Agrifood 28-11-2017

Commission’s formaldehyde U-turn shows need to separate science from politics, emotion

Chemicals, even naturally occurring ones, often sound scary, and they certainly can be hazardous. But most, when appropriately managed, deliver significant benefits, writes Rick Phillips.
Agrifood 28-11-2017

Time to move fish welfare from principle to practice

The unseen life of farmed fish has given them low visibility in civil society, in policy circles, and in the animal welfare movement, despite scientific consensus that fish are sentient, and suffer pain, fear, and stress. Now it is time to act, writes Douglas Waley.
Agrifood 11-07-2017

CAP reform: From sustainable feed to sustainable food

The German-Hungarian ‘Soya Declaration’ finally gets us talking about what matters in CAP reform, write Olivier De Schutter, Oscar Rivas and Karin Nansen.
Agrifood 01-06-2017

Farming innovation is staple for Europe’s food security

As the United Nations celebrate World Milk Day, Ramiro Cabral highlights a seemingly impossible challenge: producing more food in a manner that uses less land, water, feed and energy, all the while ensuring animal welfare.
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Agrifood 10-05-2017

The animal welfare platform will strengthen the public debate

Many European associations and NGOs are currently waiting to see if they have obtained a seat on the European Commission’s upcoming European Animal Welfare Platform, writes Mette Lykke Nielsen, CEO of Fur Europe.
Agrifood 04-11-2016

Time for EU rabbit farming to enter the 21st century

Raising rabbits for food used to be a back yard enterprise. Not anymore, writes Olga Kikou, who urges the adoption of EU-wide standards to improve the living condition of farmed rabbits in Europe.
Agrifood 04-11-2016

Let’s ‘meat’ in the middle on climate change

The contribution of animal-source foods to global warming cannot be ignored. But encouraging everyone to become vegetarian or even vegan can’t be the silver bullet solution envisioned by some, argues Polly Ericksen.
Agrifood 20-10-2016

The EU’s promotion of meat consumption is misguided, Mr Hogan

Ever since he took office, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has promoted the interests of the livestock sector while ignoring health warnings and environmental concerns over meat consumption, writes Olga Kikou.
Euro & Finance 07-10-2016

Animal welfare deserves better from investment policy

International finance institutions and member state export credit agencies continue to invest in projects outside the EU involving cruel farm animal confinement systems banned in the EU. Better joined-up thinking is needed with regard to investment policy and animal welfare, writes Joanna Swabe.
Agrifood 27-09-2016

Avoiding milk losses with healthier cows

One in three dairy cows in Europe suffer from disease, causing more than five billion milk servings to be discarded annually, writes Ramiro Cabral.
Trade & Society 13-09-2016

A plea for science-based standards in TTIP

The EU’s preference for the “precautionary principle” over science-based decision-making is a barrier to transatlantic trade in the meat industry. TTIP and regulatory convergence would benefit both EU and US farmers, argues Barry Carpenter.
Agrifood 22-06-2016

Animal health matters: Can EU legislation deliver?

Disease outbreaks such as Ebola and avian influenza serve as a stark reminder that human and animal health will always be inter-connected, writes Roxane Feller.
Agrifood 22-02-2016

CAP and animal welfare: Simply incompatible

Livestock production has been at the centre of the intensification in agriculture brought by Europe's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), writes Olga Kikou. These policies have put farmers under pressure, and created conditions for overproduction, she says.
Agrifood 28-10-2015

Distinctions must be made between ideology and animal welfare

Animal welfare is not the true motive behind activist crusades against the fur industry ? it is ideology wrapped in sheep’s clothing, write Kenneth Ingman and Mette Lykke Nielsen.
Agrifood 21-10-2015

It is time to see through the marketing tactics of the European fur industry

Member states have an opportunity to play a leading role for animal welfare globally by phasing out fur farming, write Salla Tuomivaara and Siri Martinsen.
Agrifood 07-10-2015

Milk production in the EU: Holding on to the fantasy, or facing the truth?

Recent protests about the falling price of milk have turned the spotlight on the dairy sector. But large scale dairy farming has the potential to exacerbate existing problems, writes Olga Kikou.

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