Innovation in agriculture

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Agrifood 30-05-2024

Improve pig welfare standards, demand animal rights advocates

Est. 5min

Pig producers across the EU should deliver higher welfare standards than the EU Pig Directive currently requires, say activists who are now calling for better practices and additional measures to ensure pig welfare.

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Agrifood 28-05-2024

Agriculture’s quiet digital innovation revolution, CtrlPlantRepeat

Est. 6min

In Europe’s fields, a revolution is quietly unfolding, it’s not a rebellion of pitchforks and torches, but of drones and data. Innovation, the invisible hand guiding this transformation, is sowing the seeds of a new agricultural epoch.

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Agrifood 28-05-2024

Smallholder farmers struggling with new forestry requirements

Est. 8min

Farmers with small plots of land are struggling with new requirements as part of the EU Deforestation Regulation, lacking resources and technical know-how, and leaving them open to exploitation by larger suppliers.

Agrifood 13-05-2024

France announces low carbon fertilisers plant to reduce dependence on Russian imports

Est. 3min

French president Emmanuel Macron announced the project aiming at producing decarbonised nitrogenous fertilisers at the "Choose France" summit, an annual meeting of international business leaders at the Château de Versailles, on Monday 13 May.

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Agrifood 29-04-2024

Ending the ‘Cage Age’ in Europe, feathers to fly in court battle

Est. 6min

Europe’s citizens called for an end to the ‘cage age’ with the phasing-out of cages and crates for farm animals. The European Commission agreed but now says more consultation with farmers is needed. The ECJ will calm the coop.

Agrifood 09-02-2024

Grinding to a halt, Europe’s fertiliser sector facing ruin by Russia

Est. 6min

Europe’s Herculean efforts to reduce energy reliance on Russia have not been matched when it comes to fertiliser. The European Council’s hesitation to add fertilisers to Russian sanctions is putting Europe’s fertiliser industry at risk of catastrophe.

Agrifood 06-02-2024

Dialogue not enough to solve farmers and food issues, says Dutch food scientist

Est. 5min

The farmers' protests are the tip of a more general social malaise, Louise Fresco, a Dutch scientist and writer dealing with globally sustainable food, told Euractiv, warning against the ongoing "proliferation of rules" and a uniform approach to different growers across Europe. 

Agrifood 19-01-2024

Austria, France and Italy lead charge against lab-grown meat

Est. 3min

Vienna, Paris and Rome, along with nine other EU countries, are set to argue that meat grown in a laboratory is a threat to "genuine food production methods", a claim a diplomatic source told Euractiv is "exaggerated and premature".

Agrifood 15-05-2023

No to pesticide cuts? No gene editing proposal, Commission official warns

Est. 5min

The EU executive could look to reconsider presenting its forthcoming gene editing proposal in the event of a European Parliament's rejection of the EU’s plans to slash the risk and use of pesticides, a Commission official told EURACTIV.

Agrifood 08-05-2023

Organic farming and gene editing: Is coexistence possible?

Est. 5min

The coexistence of gene editing with organic production systems remains a point of contention within the European Commission. While proponents of the technology maintain the two can go hand in hand, the EU's organics sector warns coexistence requires robust traceability and liability mechanisms.

Politics 06-04-2023

Austria wants food labelling transparency amid likely gene editing deregulation

Est. 2min

The European Commission must implement a safety assessment of genetically modified products and maintain mandatory labelling, Austrian Climate Minister Leonore Gewessler and Consumer Protection Minister Johannes Rauch said in a letter to EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides …

Agrifood 09-02-2023

Austria to use space tech for farming subsidies allocation

Est. 5min

Austria has decided to mobilise satellite technology to check in detail whether farms are meeting the conditions for receiving billions in EU agriculture subsidies, a task which is often very complex and costly for national authorities.

Agrifood 08-02-2023

EU court exempts gene modification technique from stricter rules

Est. 4min

The EU’s highest court has concluded that organisms obtained by in-vitro mutagenesis, a genetic modification technique, are excluded from the EU’s rules governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a move welcomed by industry players but lambasted by green groups.

Agrifood 05-10-2022

Commission stands by gene editing survey slammed by NGOs

Est. 4min

A coalition of NGOs has joined forces to lambast the European Commission’s consultation process on its upcoming policy initiative on gene editing technologies - but the EU executive insists that a broad range of voices have already been heard on the contentious issue.

Agrifood 19-09-2022

EU agri ministers renew push on genetic techniques to bolster sector

Est. 4min

EU agriculture ministers are pushing the European Commission to relax rules on new genomic techniques (NGTs), arguing this is needed to bolster the sector in the face of increasing droughts, climate change and yield losses.

Agrifood 14-07-2022

UAE announces $2 billion investment in hi-tech Indian ‘food parks’ to ease shortages

Est. 3min

The United Arab Emirates has pledged $2 billion to help develop a series of "food parks" in India to tackle food insecurity in South Asia and the Middle East, the UAE, India, the US and Israel said on 14 July.

Agrifood 31-05-2022

Von der Leyen urges EU to step up food production, Africa to boost precision farming

Est. 3min

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called for the EU and Africa to step up efforts on food production, including via innovative farming techniques such as precision farming, in light of the war in Ukraine.

Agrifood 07-04-2022

Cultivated meat companies gear up for first EU approval applications

Est. 5min

Amid burgeoning interest in plant-based diets, European cultivated meat companies are preparing to take their first steps towards gaining EU approval. But some warn the technology could do more harm than good.

Agrifood 15-02-2022

MEPs demand EU funding for research into gene editing surveillance

Est. 5min

A cross-party coalition of MEPs have co-signed a letter to the European Commission demanding EU-funded research into the potential risks and analytical detection of genetically engineered organisms, warning of dire consequences for the sector if no action is taken.

Agrifood 10-02-2022

EU green lights new rules to speed up approval, authorisation of biopesticides

Est. 4min

Member states have approved new rules to accelerate the approval and authorisation of biological plant protection products containing microorganisms to reduce reliance on chemical pesticides.

Agrifood 21-01-2022

UK positions itself as frontrunner in gene editing research

Est. 4min

In the hopes of becoming a frontrunner in biotechnology following Brexit, the UK has announced new legislation cutting what it deems as “unnecessary” red tape to encourage gene-editing research.

Agrifood 01-12-2021

Timmermans: Gene editing ‘clear part’ of sustainability action in agrifood

Est. 5min

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans added his voice to the growing list of those in the EU executive advocating for gene editing, a move condemned by campaigners who accuse the Commission of already making their mind up on the technology.

Agrifood 30-11-2021

Research centres act as ‘matchmakers’ to modernise Spanish agriculture

Est. 4min

From matching farms with tech start-ups to pairing vegetable producers with school canteens and families, new EU research programmes are playing matchmaker to spur innovation and reinforce agriculture modernisation in Spain. EFE Agro reports. 

Agrifood 26-11-2021

Reinforced Horizon budget for 2022 is good news for agrifood

Est. 5min

The European Parliament approved the 2022 budget, giving the EU's research programme a €100 million boost, much to the relief of agricultural stakeholders, who previously warned of the impact a cut in funding would have for the sector’s sustainability goals.