About: agriculture

Agrifood 20-02-2020

French agricultural sector wants to change image to convince consumers

With this year's Salon International de l'Agriculture taking place in Paris soon, the image of the agricultural sector is at the heart of farmers' concerns, as they are struggling to recruit and complaining about so-called agribashing, a trend of disparaging farmers and their work. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 13-02-2020

Fact-check : Are Germany’s nitrate levels false?

The European Commission sued Germany before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for excessive nitrate levels in groundwater. Yet, with critics harping on about Germany's measuring methods, can it be said that Germany is deliberately sending the EU its worst water values? EURACTIV Germany does a fact-check.
Agrifood 05-02-2020

French Court of Auditors sounds the alarm on use of phytosanitary products

In 2018 alone, the French government spent €400 million to reduce the use of pesticides, even though their use ended up increasing. France's public auditor is criticising the situation and calling on integrating agro-ecological transition objectives into the CAP. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 05-02-2020

German fertiliser regulation amendment ignites spat between government ministers

After the European Commission rejected previous drafts amending Germany's fertiliser regulation, the agriculture ministry announced it would send a final draft to Brussels this week, but the environment minister was full of criticism at her cabinet colleague. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 31-01-2020

German farmers reject government’s €1 billion ‘consolation prize’ for stricter fertiliser regulations

Germany's grand coalition wants to support agriculture with €1 billion when stricter fertiliser regulations come into force soon. Farmers, however, are outraged, as they are demanding political action instead of money. Yet, the clock is ticking in Brussels and hefty fines are imminent. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 29-01-2020

Macron launches charm offensive to win over Poland

French President Emmanuel Macron will pay his first visit to Poland on 3 and 4 February. With the two countries not seeing eye to eye on several issues, including the rule of law and climate protection, this is expected to be an interesting meeting. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 22-01-2020

France’s palm oil tax saga continues

French NGOs and multinational oil and gas company Total continue their arm-wrestling over the tax status of palm oil used in crop-based biofuels. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 20-01-2020

Germans protest in Berlin demanding radical change of agricultural sector

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin in the tenth "We're fed up with it!" rally on Saturday (18 January) in an effort to bring about a radical change in Germany's agricultural sector. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 13-01-2020

Despite plans to ban glyphosate, its sales in France increase by 10%

Despite France's campaign against glyphosate and a plan to ban it in a majority of agricultural practices by the end of 2020, the world's most commonly used weedkiller saw its sales volumes soar by 10% in the country in 2018.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

Future of France’s organic products may lie in hands of large supermarkets

If the production of organic products continues to grow every year in France, mass distribution will supply even more of these products by 2022, according to an analysis note from the Xerfi Precepta Institute. But could such a development prove to be risky? EURACTIV's partner Le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Agrifood 08-01-2020

French dairy industry ranks first worldwide but farmers don’t reap the benefits

The concentration of the French dairy industry, which is at the origin of the impoverishment of milk producers, paradoxically ranks the sector above its global competitors, according to a study by France Agrimer. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 03-12-2019

German government seeks to boost dialogue with disgruntled farmers

Following the ongoing protests by farmers in recent months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) were invited to attend an agricultural summit yesterday (2 December). They intend to reinforce dialogue with the agricultural sector, once again. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 29-11-2019

Will Germany’s sheep farming industry die out?

Since the German government abolished the mother sheep premium in 2005, shepherds have been suffering financially. But given that 22 other EU member states still award such a premium and since Germany could reintroduce such a bonus at any given time, shepherds continue to protest. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 27-11-2019

40,000 farmers on tractors block Berlin in protest at new agricultural policy

Tens of thousands of farmers protested in Berlin on Tuesday (26 November) against the government's new agricultural policy. They complained about increasing environmental protection requirements and falling product prices, which are increasingly damaging their business. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 26-11-2019

German farmers will ‘have to declare bankruptcy’ if CAP direct payments are capped

From 2021, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is intended to be more closely linked to environmental requirements. But this could lead to large conventional farms facing existential threats. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 31-10-2019

EURACTIV’s Halloween Special: The pumpkin and the EU

In Europe, the day before All Saints Day, often termed Halloween, pumpkins are everywhere, as millions of Europeans decorate and place them in front of their doors. For its Halloween special, EURACTIV Germany has put together a few (very European) statistics about the beloved orange fruit.

EU globalisation adjustment fund should cushion Brexit consequences

On Monday (21 October), the European Parliament voted in favour of using funds from the Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in the event of a hard Brexit to help workers of the remaining EU-27 who will have lost their jobs as a result of the UK's withdrawal. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 23-10-2019

EU will not renew authorisation of ‘bee killer’ substance thiacloprid

Based on a conclusion by the EU's food safety authority (EFSA), the EU Commission announced on Tuesday (22 October) that it will not renew the authorisation of the "bee killer" substance thiacloprid. This means that the substance can still be used until April 2020. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Agrifood 21-10-2019

European farmers descend on Strasbourg in protest against planned CAP reform

Hundreds of farmers are planning a demonstration in front of the European Parliament on Tuesday, calling for fewer direct payments to large industrial farms under the proposed revision of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 11-10-2019

Fourteen mayors sign declaration to promote sustainable food policies in their cities

Fourteen cities announced on Thursday (10 October) that they would pay particular attention to the sustainable and healthy food supply in their cities in the future. This way, they aim to save 60% of the carbon emissions in the food sector. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 08-10-2019

Digital Farming: Driving productivity and a more sustainable way of farming

Agriculture faces many evolving challenges, some from the past and some yet to come.
Future EU 01-10-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Schmit/Wojciechowski

The European Parliament will be grilling the proposed members of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission in a series of hearings between 30 September and 8 October.
Agrifood 30-09-2019

European winemakers grapple with environmental questions

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Proud of their wines, Europeans are also concerned about the industry's widespread use of pesticides, while winemakers themselves will have to adapt to rising temperatures. From Bordeaux to Riesling and Champagne, EURACTIV takes a look at changing wine-making practices.
Agrifood 16-09-2019

The ‘belching cow’ phenomenon and why it’s a problem

Methane, which is emitted when cows belch, is the second most common greenhouse gas on the planet but its effect on the atmosphere is about thirty times more harmful than that of CO2. The political agenda is set on curbing CO2 emissions, leaving the issue of methane emissions often untouched. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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