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Agrifood 27-07-2018

Nothing wrong with genome editing in agriculture

While some may see the recent decision of the Court of Justice of the EU that states that organisms obtained by mutagenesis are GMOs and are therefore subject to obligations laid down by the GMO directive as a win for consumers, the reality is just the opposite, writes Neal Gutterson.
Agrifood 27-05-2016

With or without pesticides?

Regulations that prohibit farmers from protecting their crops are putting our food supply at risk, writes Graeme Taylor.
Agrifood 19-04-2016

UN chief: Food chain shows peoples’ fate ‘interdependent’

Humankind needs to take a more collaborative approach to agriculture in order to sustain its future nutrition needs, while at the same time minimising environmental harm to the planet, global leaders and luminaries have warned.
Agrifood 18-04-2016

Agriculture holds key to UN Sustainable Development Goals

Agriculture will play a crucial role in addressing the planet’s future needs – whether on food production, health or the preservation of the environment. But transforming the dominant agricultural model could be the greatest challenge of all.
Quinoa
Development Policy 08-01-2016

Development project encourages Ethiopians to grow quinoa

African countries such as Ethiopia would benefit from growing quinoa, a plant that is both resistant to very long periods of dry soil as well as one of the most nutritious crops, according to a development aid organisation.
Agrifood 02-07-2015

German states draft bill for nationwide GMO ban

Five state governments in Germany are putting pressure on Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt, introducing a bill for a nationwide ban on GMOs instead of his “patchwork” proposal. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 22-05-2015

German government to boost organic farming

Germany is hungry for organic products. But, despite good market conditions, and heavy marketing, organic farmers are not reaping their share of the boom’s benefits, something Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt intends to change. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 31-01-2014

Food security hindered by seed market dominance, MEPs warn

The EU seed market is dominated by a few large seed businesses rather than a diverse range of smaller companies, which has implications for the continent’s food security, says a report commissioned by European Parliament Green group.
Agrifood 17-12-2013

Falling cereal value hits French farmers’ income

France’s agricultural income per farmer dropped by 16.4% in 2013, largely due to the country's dependence on revenue from cereals, according to the European Commission.
Agrifood 25-01-2012

Disgruntled GMO firms start pulling out of EU market

Monsanto has announced it will scrap plans to sell an insect-resistant maize in France, the second move in a week by biotech company to retreat from the genetically modified foods market in Europe.
Agrifood 03-03-2010

Commission gives green light to genetically-modified potato

In a controversial move, the European Commission yesterday (2 March) gave the green light for the first genetically-modified potato to be cultivated in the European Union.
Climate change 11-10-2007

Pesticides: groups raise pressure ahead of EP vote

Industry and farm groups are on the defensive as environmental NGOs engaged in a targeted publicity campaign in Parliament yesterday (10 October) to muster support for an upcoming vote on tougher rules for pesticide use in the EU. 

Interview: EU platform charts future of agro-business

An EU strategic research agenda for plant sciences envisions the wider use of plants that could replace chemicals and fossil fuels and guarantee enough safe food for future generations.