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Agrifood 15-03-2024

EU needs an ambitious Bio Act, says MEP Weiss

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Europe needs a Bio Act according to MEP Pernille Weiss (EPP). Weiss and other expert speakers at the European High-Level Summit on Biosolutions said failing to develop an effective biosolutions framework will lead to a stifling of innovation and growth.

Agrifood 13-02-2024

EFSA chief shares inconvenient truths about sustainable food, Green Deal

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Topics such as the changing of food habits and who bears the cost for the transition are politically sensitive and are not addressed in the debate on sustainable food systems, said EFSA director Bernhard Url, who is expected to leave in May after 10 years at the helm of the Authority.

Agrifood 12-02-2024

EU Commission moves to ban Bisphenol A in food packaging

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The European Commission launched a consultation on a draft proposal to phase out the use of the controversial chemical bisphenol A in food contact materials, including plastic boxes, protective coatings for cans, and food processing equipment. 

Agrifood 01-02-2024

Rural sociologist: Farmer protests a reaction to ‘the crisis of globalised agriculture’

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The tractors blocking the streets of Europe are a reflection of the hardship of growers coping with the contradictions of the current system of food production and consumption, rural political sociologist Natalia Mamonova told Euractiv in an interview.

Agrifood 24-01-2024

Commission convinced on ability to stringently assess risks, safety of lab-grown meat

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Responding to the concerns of a majority of member states on the potential impacts of the technology, Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said that the EU is on “very solid ground” when it comes to risk assessment and labelling.

Agrifood 19-01-2024

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

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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 20-10-2022

Commission asks industry, member states for ‘input’ into EU fertilisers communication

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The European Commission has met with industry and member states to ask for proposals for its upcoming fertiliser communication, but seemingly has no plans to broaden consultations, a move that has sparked backlash among NGOs.

Agrifood 16-02-2022

European Parliament endorses animal welfare report, paving way for new EU rules

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The European Parliament has voted in favour of a report on on-farm animal welfare that will feed into the EU’s new animal welfare rules, but the report has been lambasted for supporting controversial practices, such as foie gras production, and favouring economic interests.

Agrifood 09-02-2022

MEP: Commission, Council aim to include organic in EU agri-statistics review

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Negotiators aim to include organic agriculture in the EU's agricultural statistics review and digital technologies can provide a creative way to reduce any additional burden on farmers, the file's rapporteur Petros Kokkalis told EURACTIV in an interview.

Agrifood 17-01-2022

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

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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 13-09-2021

Macron announces new French crop insurance scheme

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French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to create a new crop insurance system, with a budget of €600 million per year, which will be simpler, faster and more efficient.

Agrifood 29-07-2021

Experts: Deadly floods made worse by misguided farming practices

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German environmental organisations are calling for flood protection measures to be improved and for a change to the way agricultural soils are used weeks after catastrophic flash floods deluged the country and left more than 200 dead across Western Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 14-07-2021

‘Audience-first’ approach needed to boost public trust in science, say experts

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The wider population's trust in the the scientific community when it comes to food issues remains low and institutions must adopt an 'audience-first' approach to help change that, experts have warned.

Agrifood 07-04-2021

Report: majority of consumers want compulsory labelling on all genetically modified food

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A majority of European consumers want to see compulsory labelling on food products containing genetically modified crops, according to a recent Ipsos report, but industry players insist that this is impossible to implement.

Agrifood 08-02-2021

EU-Africa partnership must reflect ‘realities of African agriculture’

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Future agrifood partnerships between the EU and Africa take into account the realities of farming in Africa, especially in the context of a drive for a greener transition, agrifood stakeholders have warned.

Agrifood 13-01-2021

How American agriculture can work with the EU on food sustainability

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We must build more resilient, sustainable global food systems that can feed an increasingly hungry world, or there will be dire consequences, warn Kip Tom and Ronald J. Gidwitz.

Agrifood 15-12-2020

Women must be ‘at the heart of sustainability conversation’ in farming, says MEP

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Women farmers must be at the forefront of the sustainable farming discussion, but they say there are still barriers in the way and a lack of support for their entry into the profession.

Agrifood 09-10-2020

Campaigners call on EU to halt export of banned pesticides

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Civil society organisations are calling on the EU to halt the production and export of banned pesticides to third countries, some of which they say can be detected in food sold back to the EU market.

Agrifood 29-07-2020

UK gene editing amendment withdrawn, but government commits to consultation

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An amendment tabled in the new UK agriculture bill, designed to allow access to new gene-editing technology, has been withdrawn but the government has pledged to conduct a public consultation on the issue, amid indications that it could eventually be in favour.

Agrifood 14-07-2020

MEP: Precision farming should be part of member states’ recovery plans

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Precision farming practices, including digital farming, are the best way to deliver the EU's strategic goals of being green, smart and safe and should be part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans of all member states, according to MEP Petros Kokkalis.

Agrifood 13-07-2020

EU still reflects over agri-innovation as UK mulls moves forward

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While the EU considers the potential role of new innovative techniques to protect harvests from pests and diseases, on the other side of the Channel, the UK is getting ready to open the door to new gene-editing technologies post-Brexit.

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Agrifood 06-05-2020

Sustainability and innovation should go hand in hand in the EU

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In the last two decades, Europe has decided to go its own way in agricultural policies. While both North and South America, and also Japan have moved to even more technology-driven modern agriculture, Europe went backward and keeps banning more and more scientifically proven advances and methods in agriculture.

Agrifood 21-02-2020

EFSA will keep British experts despite Brexit [Part II]

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The European Food Safety Authority will keep UK experts in its ranks despite Brexit, because science does not recognise borders "and we want to have the best people", the EU food watchdog chief told in an exclusive interview.

Agrifood 20-02-2020

EFSA chief: Assessing fast-changing agrifood innovation is key challenge [Part I]

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Being equipped with the right methods to assess industry’s rapidly changing innovation will be a key challenge for the European Food Safety Agency, (EFSA), Bernhard Url, the EU food watchdog's chief, told in a wide-ranging interview.