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Agrifood 23-09-2021

EU Agri Commissioner dangles promise of ‘comprehensive’ Farm to Fork impact assessment

The EU’s Agriculture Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski, has teased stakeholders with the promise of a 'comprehensive impact assessment' of the Commission's pivotal food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), but remained vague as to what this means in practice.
Agrifood 13-09-2021

MEPs’ draft report on sustainable farming future sparks controversy

Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s agriculture and environmental committees have staked their preliminary position on the EU's green farming ambitions, voting in favour of a draft report which includes a number of controversial amendments.
Agrifood 10-09-2021

Agrifood Brief: Into the woods

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. This week: EURACTIV explores the ways in which agriculture can part of the...
Agrifood 08-09-2021

Agri stakeholders gear up for last minute push ahead of Farm to Fork vote

Agricultural stakeholders have joined forces for a last minute push on the EU’s flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, ahead of Parliament’s vote on their draft report outlining their official reaction to the strategy this week.
Agrifood 25-08-2021

Insects on the menu for pigs, poultry after EU approval

The European Commission has amended the EU's feed ban regulation to authorise the use of processed animal proteins derived from insects in poultry and pig feed, hoping to help create a "more sustainable feed chain", in line with its flagship food policy.
Agrifood 24-08-2021

Green agri goals achievable but risk being undermined by carbon leakage – report

Sustainability goals in the agrifood sector are achievable but risk being undermined by weak trade policies, a new assessment by the European Commission’s in-house scientists has found.
Agrifood 20-07-2021

EU agri ministers back serving up more organic food in schools, hospitals

EU agriculture ministers gave their green light for the EU organic action plan on Monday (19 July) but warned that measures must be taken to ensure that supply matches demand, including via public procurement schemes for schools and public canteens.
Agrifood 15-07-2021

EU sets the scene for carbon removal actions in farming

A new carbon removal approach in agriculture will contribute to stepping up Europe's climate ambition, the European Commission reiterated at the launch of its massive plan to cut carbon emissions by 55% before the end of the decade.
Agrifood 24-06-2021

EU grain industry warns of import surge from green goals

European Union targets to reduce the environmental impact of farming could cut crop production sharply and turn the bloc into a net cereal importer, grain industry group Coceral said on Wednesday (23 June).
Agrifood 22-06-2021

A thousand tonnes of harmful counterfeit pesticides seized in EU

The EU's law enforcement agency, Europol, says it took 1,203 tonnes of illegal pesticides off the market between January and April on the back of a rise in online sales of banned substances.
Agrifood 04-05-2021

MEP: Livestock breeding ‘neglected’ in fight to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Animal breeding has been neglected in the conversation on tackling the looming global crisis of antimicrobial resistance, according to Green MEP Sarah Weiner, who stressed a need to focus on breeding animals for resilience over productivity. 
Health 30-04-2021

Europe faces ‘obesity epidemic’ as figure almost tripled in 40 years

Last week, the European Parliament called for the better treatment and management of obesity as average obesity levels in the EU have risen by 161% since 1975. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 29-04-2021

Commission reopens gene editing’s box amid sustainability claims

A new study from the European Commission has concluded that the current legal framework governing new genomic techniques (NGTs) is insufficient and indicated that new policy instruments should be considered to reap the benefits of this technology.
Agrifood 01-04-2021

Gene editing requires ‘wide and inclusive’ societal debate, says ethics group

There is a need for a wide societal debate, including ethical reflection, over new gene-editing techniques, according to a new report from an advisory body for the European Commission, which was welcomed by industry players but accused of missing the mark by environmental campaign groups.
Agrifood 31-03-2021

Agri co-operatives ‘only way’ to help ailing small farms, says Romanian farm minister

Romanian farmers are naturally wary of cooperatives, which are often strongly associated with the country's communist past and command economy. But thanks to young farmers and EU funding, more and more farmers are choosing to join forces. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Agrifood 30-03-2021

Prohibitive prices, lack of support slowing uptake of biological pesticides in Poland

On the back of an increasing body of research pointing to their harmful effects, the EU is gearing up to slash the use and risk of pesticides in half by 2030. But alternatives are currently expensive and poorly promoted in Poland. EURACTIV Poland reports. 
Agrifood 29-03-2021

EU must not risk becoming an ‘agricultural museum’, stakeholders warn

The EU must up the ante when it comes to innovation if it is to align high levels of agricultural production with the vision of a more sustainable future, as set out in the Green Deal, according to EU lawmakers,...
Agrifood 26-03-2021

Croatian organisations fight to preserve seed as a basic human right

Bolstered by its own commercial production of seeds, Croatia has become one of the top EU countries for organic agricultural production. But organic farmers now fear that the introduction of a new Seed Act may jeopardise this. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Agrifood 25-03-2021

Organic food ‘healthier’ says agri Commissioner as EU launches new organic plan

Organic food is "healthier" than its chemically produced counterparts, EU Agricultural Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski told journalists at an event to mark the launch of the EU's organic action plan on Thursday (25 March).
Agrifood 24-03-2021

EU official: Imposing animal welfare standards on imports would be WTO compliant

It would be wise to impose the equivalent standards of animal welfare on meat imports coming into the EU, according to a top EU official, who said this would be compliant with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, provided it...
Agrifood 24-03-2021

Sustainable farming offers a boost to rural Bulgarian communities

Family farming is no easy task, but one young Bulgarian couple has shown that sustainable farming can be a successful business venture, while also helping to revive one of the EU’s poorest regions. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Agrifood 23-03-2021

Green Deal poses ‘opportunities and threats’ to Spanish farming, stakeholders warn

The European Green Deal poses both opportunities and challenges to Spanish farmers, stakeholders have warned, who highlight that Spain needs more support in the transition towards a more sustainable model of agriculture. EURACTIV's partner EFE Agro reports.
Agrifood 19-03-2021

Agrifood Brief: Organics sector in line for a not-so organic boost

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   This week: the EURACTIV agrifood team explores what can be expected from the upcoming...
Agrifood 17-03-2021

EU farmers boss: Commission leaving agri sector to wait like ‘animals for slaughter’

By choosing to impose green objectives without undertaking a comprehensive impact assessment, the European Commission is leaving the EU farming sector vulnerable and waiting like “animals to be slaughtered”, according to the head of the EU farmers association.