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Agrifood 13-01-2021

German environment ministry proposes a social contract for green agriculture

German environment minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) is hosting a virtual agricultural congress on Wednesday (13 January) to discuss sustainable agriculture and the agreement between food production, environment and climate. At the centre, however, is a social contract. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 07-01-2021

France’s Brittany Ferries in dire straits due to double Brexit/COVID whammy

After Brexit and the global pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus ravaging the UK has dealt a fresh blow to the emblematic French shipping company Brittany Ferries, which now hopes for help from the French government. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 17-12-2020

Delivering on the EU Green Deal: What role for innovation and disruptive technologies in agriculture

The EU Green Deal seeks to “transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from...

Dutch MEP: We have to close the gap between rural and urban areas

Innovation in agriculture and beyond is vital to close the widening gap that leads to polarisation and tension between rural and urban areas, says Jan Huitema MEP. Rural development plans must be made with the local community and not just in Brussels offices, he argues.
Agrifood 25-11-2020

Member state criticism, COVID crisis delay ratification of EU-Mercosur deal

The challenging procedure of ratifying the EU-Mercosur deal is being held up due to a combination of the COVID-19 health crisis and considerable criticism from member states. EURACTIV's partner Efeagro takes a look at the current state of play.
Agrifood 16-11-2020

Europe must follow Czechia in banning hen cages

Good news is in short supply these days as Europe battles Covid-19, but there is something to celebrate: breeding millions of egg-laying hens in cages will be banned in the Czech Republic, from 2027, writes Michaela Šojdrová.
Economy & Jobs 12-11-2020

Structural weaknesses to be remedied in Germany’s rural areas, Klöckner promises

There is a backlog of demand in rural Germany, particularly in the area of digitalisation, according to a new report on the development of rural areas presented on Wednesday morning (11 November) by agriculture minister Julia Klöckner and interior minister Horst Seehofer. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 12-11-2020

East German agriculture still reeling, 30 years after reunification

The effects of Germany's 1990 reunification have been particularly felt by farmers in eastern Germany whose land was suddenly privatised and left to market forces. Some problems persist to this day, 30 years later, and new ones have since cropped up. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 02-11-2020

French citizens have spoken on agriculture, but will it have any effect?

As part of an effort to reconnect citizens with agriculture, French citizens have been invited to offer their take on the direction of the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). But to what extent these efforts will be reflected in policy remains to be seen. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 22-10-2020

French MPs divided over green transition in CAP compromise

As EU agriculture ministers reached an agreement on Wednesday (21 October) on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), French MPs reacted differently to the CAP's green transition. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 02-10-2020

Agrifood Brief: Brexit crunch time – no time to chew the fat

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 30-09-2020

‘Urban Farming’: Are rooftop fields the future?

Large cities offer millions of square meters of unused roof space. Why aren't they being converted to cultivate crops? The potential seems enormous, but "urban farming" is still in its infancy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 30-09-2020

Rewarding farmers for ecological services could help protect biodiversity

As the World Summit on Biodiversity opens on Wednesday (30 September), new measures to halt its decline are being discussed, including the concept of payments for environmental services, which is currently widely debated in France and Europe. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 29-09-2020

Germany should protect moors, consume less meat to reach EU’s new climate targets, say experts

In Germany, where agriculture is officially responsible for 6.3% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, around 14 million tonnes of greenhouse gases must be saved in order to reach the Paris climate goals. But now that the EU climate targets are to be raised, what contribution can the agriculture sector make? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Biomass 18-09-2020

Berlin and Brussels mull forest protection as climate change takes its toll

The German Forest Days, which started on Friday (18 September), are intended to draw attention to the fact that forests are threatened by climate change. At the same time, Berlin and Brussels are developing strategies to protect them. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 08-09-2020

EU ban on neonicotinoids must be ‘strictly respected’, says Green MEP

After announcing €30 billion in support of an ecological transition last Thursday, the French government presented a controversial bill authorising an exemption from the ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, a class of pesticides suspected to be harmful to bees. German Green MEP Martin Häusling explains to EURACTIV FRANCE why he is challenging the decision.
Agrifood 03-09-2020

France mulls reintroduction of neonicotinoids, faces backlash from NGOs and Germany

At its back-to-school meeting on Tuesday (1 September), France's National Council for Ecological Transition addressed the controversial issue of reintroducing neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides, to save the sugar beet industry. The issue is causing quite a stir both at home and across the Rhine. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 01-09-2020

Ecological farming can be more profitable than conventional, says new report

A recent report by the government think tank France Stratégie demonstrates the profitability of more environmentally friendly farms and proposes a review of the methods of allocating CAP subsidies to encourage a green transition in farming. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 03-08-2020

In southern Spain, fruit pickers ditched as virus spreads

Lamine Diakite has been on the street for two weeks since the Spanish shantytown he was staying in burnt down, one of the hundreds of fruit pickers abandoned as coronavirus cases soar.
Agrifood 13-07-2020

Rural broadband – Challenges and opportunities

The economic competitiveness of regions, and notably rural regions, depends on good connectivity. This means not just roads and railways, but also internet highways. Connectivity to fast internet in rural areas is still almost half of what it is on...
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.
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2020

EU-Mercosur deal will have devastating impact on climate, NGOs warn

After 20 years of negotiations, the text of the EU-Mercosur deal was concluded between the EU and the Latin American countries of Mercosur on 28 June in Brussels. While the agreement still has to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, farmers and environmental NGOs are still disappointed. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Agrifood 01-07-2020

Food security & Climate change post-COVID – Improving the sustainability of EU agriculture

The Covid-19 pandemic has raised questions about the fragility of our food supply, putting food security back on the agenda. Coupled with the on-going threat of climate change, agriculture has a crucial role to play to ensure European food remains...
Agrifood 01-07-2020

Only slight improvements in German nitrate levels

This week, Germany must report the nitrate levels of its groundwater to the European Commission. According to media reports, the trend is slightly positive but even the Commission admits that a comparison with other EU countries is difficult. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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