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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.
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

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.
Economy & Jobs 10-06-2020

Germany relaxes restrictions on seasonal workers

The German government on Wednesday (11 June) eased entry restrictions for seasonal farm workers that were first introduced to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Brexit 14-05-2020

Divisions open over ‘lower agriculture standards’ in future US-UK pact

Divisions have opened within the UK government following reports that Boris Johnson’s administration is preparing to offer increased access to the UK market for US agriculture exports and possibly lower the bar on environmental and health standards.
Agrifood 30-04-2020

Belgium seizes 778 tonnes of non-compliant phytosanitary products

Around 778 tonnes of non-compliant or suspect phytosanitary products from India and China have been seized in Antwerp by the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC). EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Agrifood 29-04-2020

Spain’s circular economy says ‘adiós’ to countryside and city waste

The common goal of Spain’s circular economy implemented both at city and countryside level is to reuse waste, yet local agri-food companies and organisations are aware that this model needs to be adopted gradually in the sector. EURACTIV's partner Efe Agro reports.
Agrifood 27-04-2020

EU’s ‘farm to fork’ strategy establishes itself in France due to COVID-19 crisis

The European strategy, which was intended to favour short distribution routes, has been postponed to a later date.  However, the current COVID-19 health crisis is speeding up the agricultural sector's shift towards food self-sufficiency. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 23-04-2020

German farmers fear another summer of drought

With low levels of rain, German farmers fear another summer of drought in addition to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the German Ministry of Agriculture, the situation is under review, but no concrete measures are planned so far. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 17-04-2020

Britain turns to Eastern Europe, and charter flights, to save its crops

To save fields of asparagus and strawberries threatened with rotting, Britain is mobilising a workforce of students, the unemployed -- and workers from Europe.
Agrifood 08-04-2020

Spain wants jobless, immigrants to cover farm shortfall

Spain moved on Tuesday (7 April) to tackle a shortfall of farm workers due to the coronavirus crisis by authorising the temporary hiring of tens of thousands of immigrants or jobless people.
Agrifood 01-04-2020

Italy looks to non-EU migrants to plug gap in agricultural workforce

Giorgio Gori, the mayor of Bergamo, one of the worst hit cities from coronavirus, has called on the Italian government to speed up the issuing of the yearly decree that regularises non-EU migrant workers, as Italy is in desperate need for agricultural workers before the harvest season begins.
Transport 27-03-2020

German government concludes ‘freight transport pact’ to ensure food supply

The German logistics industry and the food trade are taking joint measures to ensure food safety. However, problems still exist with seasonal workers need to work in the fields. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 25-03-2020

German farms need nearly 300,000 seasonal workers

There is no shortage of food during the coronavirus pandemic, but farmers are urgently looking for seasonal workers for the harvest. The German government wants to help by relaxing employment rules and providing online placement. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Agrifood 19-03-2020

Coronavirus puts French agricultural production centre-stage

In France, the coronavirus crisis has put the agricultural sector back in the spotlight as concerns persist about the transport of food and seasonal shortages of farm labourers. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 18-03-2020

German agriculture minister: Food supply chains function despite COVID-19

Supermarkets in Germany will not close and there will be no problems with food production, says German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner. Meanwhile, at the European level, officials are seeking ways to simplify cross-border food transports. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 12-03-2020

Greenpeace proposes 70% meat consumption reduction by 2030

Three burgers a week: that's the maximum amount of meat Europeans should get used to eating, according to NGO Greenpeace, which has been looking at Europe's eating habits. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 12-03-2020

Europe’s agricultural sector struggles to reduce emissions

Europe's agricultural sector has barely managed to reduce its emissions since 2018, according to a report by the European Environment Agency published on Tuesday (10 March). EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 05-03-2020

Are Europeans ready for an insect-based diet?

While insect-based foods have so far been quite a niche product, they are viewed as a highly promising solution to the challenges facing the food industry. Although new EU regulations should pave the way for these products - European eating habits might have to change too. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 28-02-2020

Nitrate pollution linked to agriculture, says new study

While Germany is set on tightening its fertiliser regulation after the EU Commission sued the country for excessive nitrate levels in groundwater, a new study has linked agriculture and particularly animal fattening with groundwater pollution. Could the European Commission drop its lawsuit against Germany? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 27-02-2020

Agricultural drones are gradually ‘taking off’ in France

France is experimenting with drones as a means of spraying pesticides so that by 2021 it may launch the practice as it could lead to more precise treatments, as well as a reduction in the use of phytosanitary products. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 27-02-2020

Spain wants to set a cap on CAP subsidies

Spain's socialist Agriculture Minister Luis Planas has revived the debate on CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) subsidies, as he intends to set a cap on aid, which will range between €60,000 and €100,00 per farm. EURACTIV's partner EFE Agro reports.
Agrifood 26-02-2020

How automation can work to support effiency in farming systems

Automation in the farming sector is playing an increasing role in improving the quality of both animal and farmers lives. Pascal Huger, a goat breeder in Thenay in the Loir-et-Cher region, talks to EURACTIV France about his choice to automate on his farm.
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.
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