About: fruit and vegetables

Health 17-09-2018

Navracsics: EU call for healthier lifestyle is progressing, but more efforts are needed

The European Commission launched the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle a year ago, mostly to address rising obesity in the EU and promote physical activity, and it has already produced “concrete results”, Tibor Navracsics, the commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport, told EURACTIV.com.
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 22-02-2018

Pesticides found in three-quarters of fruit in France

A recent study published by the French NGO Générations Future revealed that 72.6% of non-organic fruit, contained pesticide residues. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Endocrine disruptors: Report exposes scale of contamination as Parliament vote looms

More than one-third of all fruit consumed in the EU is contaminated with residues of endocrine disrupting pesticides, according to a study published on Tuesday (3 October), a day before MEPs vote on the European Commission’s controversial endocrine disruptor criteria.
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Agrifood 21-09-2017

European biodiesel: the challenges of the RED II

The Commission proposal to revise the Renewable Energy Directive is not only lacking ambition, it is also a challenge to the entire biofuel chain, from farmers to industry.
Agrifood 25-08-2017

Spain to recall 20,000 tonnes of fruit due to overproduction

The European Commission approved the Spanish Government’s request to recall nearly 20,000 tons of stone fruit from the market due toexcess production. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.
Agrifood 02-08-2017

Commission merges healthy food schemes at school to cut red tape

The European Commission announced on Tuesday (1 August) that it would merge the milk and fruit and vegetables schemes currently provided separately to schoolchildren across Europe.
Agrifood 09-03-2017

Greece fails to claim a single euro from EU’s fruit and veg in schools scheme

Greece did not manage to absorb a single euro from the EU’s fruit and vegetables in schools scheme because no tender was submitted to a call, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 16-12-2016

‘Zero kilometre’ food products start to take Spain by storm

Concepts like "100% local" and "zero kilometer" products are now on an upward trend in Spain and are forcing the food industry to rethink how it does business. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.
Climate change 08-11-2016

Study: Carbon tax on food could cut GHG missions by 9%

A food tax based on a product's carbon footprint would bring benefits not only for the climate, but also for public health, according to a British study published on Monday (7 November). EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Agrifood 04-01-2016

EU farmers slam US over ‘technical barriers’ to trade

EXCLUSIVE / Lifting non-tariff barriers is the utmost priority in the transatlantic trade negotiations, particularly for the fruit and vegetable sector, said Copa-Cogeca, the association representing EU farmers.
Agrifood 04-09-2015

Keeping a cool head amidst bulging waistlines

Childhood obesity is a very serious health concern that needs addressing urgently given the social and economic costs involved. But sensationalism and dogma can be obstacles to progress on the thorny issue of food marketing to kids, writes Stephan Loerke.
Agrifood 28-05-2015

MEPs want healthier eating habits in school

A majority of MEPs on Wednesday (27 May) backed the Commission's proposals for the EU's merged fruit and milk scheme in schools, in order to promote healthier eating habits among young people.
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Health 30-01-2014

Commission unveils new plan to combat obesity

In its fight against obesity among school children, the European Commission launched a proposal on Thursday to strengthen the declining consumption of fruit and milk among young people. Aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles, the new plan will bring together the EU's currently separate programmes on milk and fruit under a new single scheme.
Agrifood 06-12-2013

Brussels: reducing waste first piece in food resource puzzle

SPECIAL REPORT / To tackle pollution and climate change, policy-makers, NGOs and industry alike support more vegetables in Europeans' diets, while insisting on better use of resources and waste-management.
Agrifood 10-09-2013

Healthy and green diets go hand in hand

Policy makers, business and industry are starting to wake up to the idea of supporting sustainable diets. Action is already late but we can still act now to show people a way to lead healthier lives in keeping with the planet’s abundance of natural resources, writes Tony Long.
Agrifood 13-02-2013

Healthy diet may not be all that green, French study says

A nutritious diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables might be healthier for humans but not necessarily healthier for the environment, according to a French study.
Health 08-06-2011

EU to increase aid offer to farmers hit by E.coli

The European Commission may increase its proposed €150 million of aid to farmers hit by plummeting demand after the deadly E.coli outbreak.