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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.
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.
Agrifood 06-05-2020

Farm to Fork: Consumer power

Our collective survival cannot depend on individual consumer choices. Food policy is too important to be left to the companies that make and market our food. Real change will only come through clearer, bolder EU-wide targets and measures to lessen the environmental and health impacts of what we eat, writes Thilo Bode.
Agrifood 05-05-2020

The running clock of the bioeconomy

There will soon come a time when the coronavirus will be nothing more but a bad memory in our lives and in our society. The conservation of our environment and our sustainable production of energy and food will continue to be key challenges for the future of the planet, writes Luis Planas.
Agrifood 27-03-2019

Only a nutrition-sensitive CAP can deliver on climate and health

The evidence is clear: to secure a thriving future for people and planet we need to collectively transform our eating patterns towards healthier, more plant-rich diets. The EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) can facilitate this transition. But several misunderstandings hinder progress.  
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.
Health 27-06-2017

Norway’s battle against antimicrobial resistance in the agricultural sector

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest global health threats. Resistant bacteria make infectious diseases like tuberculosis and pneumonia difficult or impossible to treat, writes Norwegian Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale.
Development Policy 15-03-2017

The EU must take the lead in linking agricultural trade to the SDGs

Trade in agriculture and agricultural products is back in the political spotlight as the WTO's 2013 Trade Facilitation Agreement, the first multilateral trade agreement of this century, enters into force,, writes Jonathan Peel.
Agrifood 20-07-2016

Time for a balanced debate on biofuels

Public policy should be based on verifiable facts, rational analysis and, where possible, on solid science, writes Dick Roche.
Brexit 14-07-2016

Why the Remain camp is also to blame for Brexit

The Leave campaign won the EU referendum based on racist incitement, audacious lies and unrealistic promises it never intended to keep. Remain campaigners and voters have to acknowledge that they played a major role in enabling Brexit, writes Ragnar Weilandt.
Agrifood 22-02-2016

Competitors benefit from the freezing of EU-Russia trade relations

Everybody understands that Russia will not beg the EU to abandon sanctions, but the longer the sanctions persist, the more Russia will develop its import substitution, writes Vladimir Chizhov.
Smart machines and data-driven farm management
Agrifood 23-10-2015

Enabling smart farming in Europe

The European Commission needs to step up its efforts to turn this smart farming opportunity into a success for farmers at all scales, writes Ulrich Adam
Agrifood 21-10-2015

Europeans deserve a better agricultural and food policy

Organic research and exchange of good practices must empower farmers to move towards resilient farming systems, write Bart Staes, José Bové and Martin Häusling.
Agrifood 19-10-2015

Tackling climate change is the key to producing enough nutritious food to beat hunger

Developing a viable and vibrant agricultural sector presents a significant market opportunity for small and family farmers, write Phil Hogan and Neven Mimica.

Is the CAP simplification exercise “better regulation”?

The Commission’s proposed reform of the Common Agricultural Policy looks more like a waste of public money than an exercise in “better regulation”, argues Angelo Caserta.
Agriculture
Agrifood 17-02-2015

The future of farming in Europe: Let’s get the CAP to work on productivity

Productivity should become the central feature for assessing the last CAP reform, says Gilles Dryancour.
Development Policy 08-08-2013

Lab-grown burgers cannot provide a secure future for Africa

Small-scale agriculture is key to feeding Africans, not expensive stem-cell burgers cooked up in a western laboratory, writes John Vidal.
Agrifood 29-10-2012

The imaginary EU GM-Honey crisis is resolved

The European Commission proposed new rules in September regarding the presence of genetically modified pollen in honey. The new proposals consider that pollen in honey is a 'natural constituent', thereby contradicting a previous ruling by the European Court of Justice from September 2011 that considered it an 'ingredient', writes John Davison.
Agrifood 02-10-2012

Creating opportunity through agricultural cooperatives

Agricultural cooperatives empower their members economically and socially through better access to markets and create sustainable rural employment, argues Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme.
Agrifood 03-07-2012

GMO ban: Risks for science-based assessments

French President François Hollande will face judicial problems over the ban on the cultivation of genetically modified plants, and this has widespread implications for science-based risk assessment in the EU, argue Marcel Kuntz, John Davison and Agnès E. Ricroch.
Global Europe 10-02-2011

Time to overhaul the European Union’s role in North Africa

The relationship between North Africa and Europe has always been a special one, and the EU has developed schemes to help the economic development of the region. Without liberalising agricultural imports, this development is unlikely to succeed though, writes Sinan Ülgen of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM), an Istanbul-based think-tank.
Agrifood 11-10-2010

Risk management in agriculture: Towards market solutions in the EU

With volatility in agriculture set to increase, EU policy should focus on empowering farmers to take their own risk management decisions and have access to a range of instruments and strategies – with more direct interventions as a last resort, writes Claire Schaffnit-Chatterjee, a senior analyst at Deutsche Bank (DB) Research.
Agrifood 28-06-2010

Illegal pesticides: A growing concern that needs attention

Counterfeit pesticides are currently slipping through the regulatory net and need to be addressed, argues Phil Newton, senior communications manager at the European Crop Protection Association, in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.
Agrifood 11-05-2010

EU agricultural policies must be based on knowledge, not on ideology

The European Commission's investigation of organic agriculture provides an opportunity for long overdue critical scientific scrutiny, so that agricultural policies can be based on knowledge and not on ideology, writes Professor Anthony Trewavas of the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Edinburgh in a May commentary.
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