About: livestock farming

Agrifood 09-05-2022

EU not on track to reduce livestock antibiotics, say campaigners

EU and national policies are not ambitious enough to reach the bloc's goal of halving antibiotic use in livestock farming by 2030, according to campaigners, who warn that without sufficient action, humans will also be at risk from antimicrobial resistance.
Agrifood 08-04-2022

Industrial emissions proposal criticised by farming sector

Lawmakers and stakeholders close to the agriculture community accused the EU executive of being disconnected from reality and creating additional bureaucracy after presenting new rules to curb pollution in the industrial sector.
Agrifood 18-02-2022

MEPs, Commission share concerns over ‘severe’ Iberian drought

As Spain and Portugal are hit by the worst drought in 15 years, MEPs have voiced worries over the situation. EU Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli raised hopes that support could come from funds in the EU's farming subsidies programme.
Agrifood 21-01-2022

European Parliament calls for better animal protection during transport

The European Parliament has adopted recommendations for tougher and more effective animal protection rules during live transports. Some, however, bemoan lacking ambition and call for a hard limit on the duration of journeys.
Agrifood 17-01-2022

EU farmers huff and puff over return of the ‘big bad’ wolf

A thriving European wolf population has reignited tensions with the EU farming community, leading European lawmakers to call for a reconsideration of the wolves' high protection status in the EU to the chagrin of conservationists.
Agrifood 10-11-2021

Agricultural implications of the COP26 methane pledge

The agriculture sector, one of the world's most significant contributors of methane, will be directly impacted by the first global commitment to cut methane emissions by at least 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.
Agrifood 21-06-2021

All words, no action: CAP funding ineffective at combatting climate change, say auditors

EU agricultural funding for combating climate action has so far been ineffective, according to a damning new European Court of Auditors report which criticises inaction on livestock farming and calls for a “polluter pays” principle.
Agrifood 09-03-2021

Meat debate heats up in Italy after remarks by new ‘super minister’

Italy's livestock farmers are fuming after the newly appointed ‘super minister’ for the ecological transition said the amount of animal protein consumed should be decreased and replaced with plant-based alternatives.
Agrifood 08-03-2021

Expert: Antimicrobial resistance is the ‘new climate change’

Diseases evolving to become resistant to medicines is a hidden threat to humanity as dangerous as climate change, an animal health expert has told EURACTIV, warning that more must be done to reduce the use of antimicrobials in agriculture.
Agrifood 26-02-2021

Almost half of French people have cut meat consumption in last three years

French people tend to eat less meat than before, according to the results of the Harris Interactive survey published on Thursday ( 25 February). This change in eating habits can only be welcomed, both from an environmental and health perspective. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 17-12-2020

Member states reserve right to enforce mandatory stunning prior to slaughter, rules ECJ

EU countries have the right to enforce mandatory stunning on animals prior to slaughter because it does not infringe on religious rights, the bloc's highest court has ruled, drawing angry protests from the European Jewish Congress.
Agrifood 17-11-2020

Plant biodiversity suffers without livestock grazing, says expert

On the back of a recent European Commission-funded report which called for nuance in the livestock vs environment debate, EURACTIV took a look at the importance of EU grasslands and the role of livestock in maintaining them.
Agrifood 23-10-2020

MEPs save ‘veggie burger’ from denomination ban

The European Parliament has rejected all the amendments to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that would have proposed to ban the use of meat denominations for plant-based foodstuffs, putting the raging battle amongst stakeholders over the past few weeks to rest.
Agrifood 15-09-2020

MEPs want Commission to enter the veggie burger fray

European Parliament lawmakers are considering asking the European Commission to step in and help nix any doubts about the terminology used for plant-based meat substitutes, which are gaining in popularity across the EU.
Agrifood 26-06-2020

What’s in a name? Row over veg-meat name heats up in Europe

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 19-06-2020

European Parliament approves new committee on live transport of animals

The European Parliament approved the setting up of an Inquiry Committee on live transport on Friday (19 June) with an overwhelming majority of 605 out of 689 MEPs in favour, after audits revealed major problems with the welfare of animals during transport
Agrifood 18-06-2020

Lack of skilled workers ‘serious concern’ for pig welfare at slaughter

The European food safety authority (EFSA) has published its latest scientific opinion on the welfare of pigs at slaughter, which found that the majority of hazards identified were due in large part to staff failings.
Agrifood 08-06-2020

Authorities urged to support struggling meat sector post-coronavirus

More than 65 organisations and individuals across producer, veterinary, research, and academic sectors have co-signed a letter calling for more support in the global meat sector in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and urging authorities to refute claims that the crisis stemmed from the livestock sector.
Agrifood 05-06-2020

Bundesrat postpones controversial vote on caging pigs, again

Germany's Bundesrat has, once again, postponed the controversial vote on caging pigs today (5 June). Animal welfare activists and the Greens are calling for stricter regulations but farmers fear high costs. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 03-06-2020

COVID-19 could be ‘straw that breaks meat industry’s back’ says new report

Nearly three-quarters of the world’s largest meat, fish and dairy companies have been graded as a ‘high' pandemic risk and criticised for their inability to prevent the emergence of new zoonotic diseases in a new report released on Wednesday (3 June).
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.
Agrifood 27-02-2020

EU pressed to address meat reduction, plant-based diet in new food policy

The debate on livestock farming has heated up as a coalition of NGOs urged to EU executive to address the issue of reducing meat consumption in the announced Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy. Meanwhile, a Green MEP has filed a...
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 13-02-2020

EU agriculture chief under pressure over bid to trim intensive pig farming

Janusz Wojciechowski, the EU's agriculture commissioner, wants to crack down on the environmental impact of intensive animal farming, but apart from support from animal welfare groups, his calls have so far met with mixed reactions.