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Agrifood 04-05-2022

MEPs massively back organic farming but snub Farm to Fork target

The European Parliament has green-lighted a new report on the EU’s organic action plan, which stresses a market-based approach but makes no mention of the bloc's ambitious target to see 25% of agricultural land farmed organically by 2030.
Agrifood 01-04-2022

EU organic sector needs market-driven solutions, national strategies, say MEPs

The European Parliament’s agriculture committee (AGRI) has greenlit a new report on the EU's organic action plan, in which it stressed the need for market-driven solutions and more support for countries to draw up individual strategies to boost the sector.
Agrifood 10-12-2021

A look back, a look forward, & some humble bragging

In the last EURACTIV agrifood podcast of 2021, EURACTIV's agrifood news team takes a trip down memory lane to discuss the biggests moments and themes from 2021.
Agrifood 27-09-2021

Organic day, impact assessment, UN food summit

This week, EURACTIV’s agrifood team explores the controversy surrounding the UN’s food systems summit with the help of IPES-Food’s Nick Jacobs and Attila Szocs of small farmers association European Coordination Via Campesina. The Commission gets in touch with its hippy...
Agrifood 24-09-2021

EU institutions join forces to launch first annual organic day

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission came together on Thursday (23 September) to celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day', designed to promote organic agriculture in efforts to bolster its production and consumption in the EU.
Agrifood 30-06-2021

France still has mixed feelings over compromise CAP deal

After the 27 EU agriculture ministers agreed in principle on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on Monday (28 June), following months of tough negotiations, not everyone in France is happy with the result. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 02-06-2021

French MEPs: Council mostly to blame for failed CAP talks

French MEPs are blaming the EU's agriculture ministers for the failure of "super-trilogue" talks to reach an agreement on the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) last week, warning that it will now be difficult to break the deadlock. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 07-05-2021

Agrifood Brief: Feel the love (re)generation

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 podcast is buzzing about insects, starting with an interview with Maria...
Agrifood 25-03-2021

Pandemic whets French appetite for organic, locally produced food

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the eating habits of the French, according to Agence Bio's 18th barometer on consumption and perception of organic products. In 2020, more people tended towards eating more local, in season, and organic. EURACTIV France reports.
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 21-09-2020

‘Efficiency not a dirty word’: why bigger can sometimes mean better in farming

The concept of efficiency and productivity in farming is often taken to mean poor animal welfare and sustainability, but that is not necessarily the case and more work must be done to change this perception, stakeholders highlighted at a recent event on animal welfare.
Agrifood 04-09-2020

Commission launches public consultation on EU organic plan, backs regulation postponement

The European Commission launched a public consultation on its future action plan on organic farming on Friday (4 September), and also proposed to postpone by one year the entry into force of the new organic regulation.  
Agrifood 02-07-2020

EU should do more on agrodiversity, Commissioner warns

Diversifying food production is key to strengthening the resilience of European agriculture and creating realistic business models for farmers in the coming years, according to EU's agri-boss Janusz Wojciechowski.
Agrifood 25-06-2020

EU Agriculture Commissioner refutes concerns over 25% organic target

On the back of growing concern over the target for 25% of EU farmland to be farmed organically by 2030, EU Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski has lent the plan his support and stressed it is achievable. But farmers are still concerned that, as it stands, supply may well outstrip demand, which they say could "kill" the sector.
Agrifood 20-05-2020

New food policy to triple amount of agricultural land farmed organically by 2030

The EU's Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy has targeted 25% of agricultural land in the EU being organically farming by 2030, a three fold increase.
Agrifood 04-03-2020

Controversial risk indicator to be basis for pesticide reduction targets

The latest draft of the EU's Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), obtained by EURACTIV, specifies that mandatory targets for the reduction of use and risk of synthetic chemical pesticides will be established using the existing Harmonised Risk Indicator 1 (HRI1), whose suitability was contested in the past.
Agrifood 06-02-2020

Integrated pest management should be linked to CAP payments, say auditors

The European Commission has been unable to adequately measure and reduce either the effects or the risks from pesticides due to a lack of rigorous and suitable data, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors, released on Wednesday (5 January). 
Agrifood 11-12-2019

EU’s new agriculture Commissioner vows to promote organic farming

The EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski, highlighted the promotion of organic farming as a key aim for the new European Commission in his inaugural speech yesterday (10 December).
Agrifood 09-12-2019

EU to ban two ‘brain-damaging’ pesticides

Representatives from member states in the EU Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) voted to ban the controversial pesticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl from the EU market on Friday (6 December).
Agrifood 04-12-2019

EU Commission set to vote on ban of controversial organophosate pesticides

The European Commission is set to vote on Friday (6 December) on not renewing the approval of two pesticides, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl, which the EU's food safety agency says may have serious effects on foetuses and children - a claim industry strongly rejects.
Agrifood 03-12-2019

Austria on course to become first EU country to ban glyphosate

Austria is set to be the first EU country to ban glyphosate, having completed the EU’s single market notification procedure on Friday.
Agrifood 16-05-2019

Romania cuts VAT rate for ‘healthy and traditional food’

The Romanian government has decided to promote the consumption of healthy and traditional foodstuffs by cutting the VAT rate from 9% to 5%. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Agrifood 20-11-2017

Member states approve new organic rules ahead of Parliament vote

EU member states agreed on Monday (20 November) to a new set of rules for organic farming, simplifying the system and creating a level playing field for EU produce and imports. The European Parliament's agriculture committee will vote on the rules on Wednesday.
Agrifood 22-09-2017

France to cut support for booming organic farming

Despite the growth of organic agriculture, France will suspend state support to organic farmers by 2018, in a decision that could weaken the sector, as shown by examples in the UK and the Netherlands. EURACTIV France reports.