Sustainable food systems

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Agrifood 05-06-2024

Fix biosolutions legislative landscape or lose talent and scale-ups, says strategist

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Investors champion biotechnology with AI as the engine of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but despite Europe’s strong ambitions biotech analysts say legislation designed for chemicals is not fit for the biological. The result is an exodus of talent and investment.

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Agrifood 28-05-2024

Agriculture’s quiet digital innovation revolution, CtrlPlantRepeat

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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.

Agrifood 11-04-2024

The French Council of State again suspends national ban on meat names for plant products

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For the second time in two years, the Council of State has suspended a government decree banning the naming of meat for plant products, pending the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

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Agrifood 25-03-2024

Europe’s Agri-food Sector: A Call for Innovation and Sustainability

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The agriculture sector is the backbone that helps feed the 450 million people in the EU with healthy, affordable food. Yet, despite its apparent strength, our food markets face
unprecedented challenges.

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.

Berlin, Germany December 18. 2023 Farm tractors with the Brandenburg Gate in the background.
Agrifood 13-02-2024

Forked tongues. Will sustained dialogue seed Europe’s farms?

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Farmers blocking roads and torching political hubris. February got off to a blazing start. Belgium, France, and Germany came to a standstill, as President von der Leyen lauded their essential economic role. A high-stakes game of chicken has ensued.

The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the president of the European Council Charles Michel
Agrifood 01-02-2024

Farmers ‘gain a seat’ at the EU leaders’ table

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After weeks of mobilisation across Europe, farmers' protests seem to have gained a political foothold in the conclusions of the European Council summit on Thursday (1 February) which acknowledged the “concerns raised” by the sector and the “essential role” of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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 30-01-2024

Geopolitics expert: EU needs less politics, more strategy for agriculture

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Ongoing farmers' protests can be partly attributed to the lack of consideration EU society and policymakers give to agriculture in general and geopolitical terms, Sebastien Abis, director of the agricultural group Club Demeter and research fellow at thinktank IRIS in France, told Euractiv.

Agrifood 29-01-2024

Agriculture ‘core area’ for EU’s 2040 climate targets – Commission report

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By 2040, the EU's agricultural sector should be able to cut non-CO2 emissions by at least 30% compared to 2015 levels, with livestock and fertiliser use key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a draft communication on the 2040 EU climate target states. 

Agrifood 18-01-2024

Von der Leyen will start strategic dialogue with food sector on 25 January

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Thirty European food chain organisations covering the entire chain have received an official invitation for a strategic dialogue with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 25 January, industry sources told Euractiv.

Agrifood 17-01-2024

MEPs reject Commission proposal to allow higher pesticide level in imported foods

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The European Parliament objected to raising the limit of the maximum quantity of residues of the insecticide thiacloprid, banned in the EU from 2020, on more than 30 products coming from third countries.

Agrifood 08-11-2023

EU stalls on strategy to curb nutrient losses

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The European Commission wants to make the bloc "circular" on nutrients and curb nitrogen losses in agriculture, but a long-awaited strategy on the matter appears to hang in the balance as EU elections approach.

Agrifood 03-11-2023

Dependency on fossil fuels affects food production too, study warns

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With food systems reported to account for 15% of global fossil fuel use, a new study raised the alarm on food production reliance on petrochemicals ahead of the UN COP28 climate conference at the end of November.

Agrifood 20-10-2023

MEPs push for a new target on sales of low-risk, biological pesticides

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European Parliament's political groups envisage a more active role for the EU executive in favouring the uptake of low-risk alternatives to chemical pesticides, according to a preparatory document seen by Euractiv.

Agrifood 16-10-2023

Leaked Commission agenda sounds death knell for missing Farm to Fork files

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A leaked version of the European Commission’s work programme for 2024 lists none of the remaining EU sustainable food files, seemingly confirming stakeholders’ worst fears that these proposals will not see the light of day before next June's EU elections. 

Agrifood 03-10-2023

Commission still evasive on timeline of EU’s food agenda missing pieces

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The parliamentary hearing to award the Green Deal portfolio to European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič did not offer much clarity on the timeline of the remaining pieces of legislation of the Farm to Fork, the EU's flagship sustainable food policy.

Agrifood 07-09-2023

NGOs urge EU not to abandon flagship sustainable food systems law

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Civil society groups and academics have urged European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to push ahead with the proposal for an EU legislative framework for sustainable food systems amid concerns its fate hangs in the balance. 

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Agrifood 05-09-2023

Meet the Agcelerators: People Transforming Agriculture

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I very much enjoy visiting people working on farms, getting to know them, getting to understand their challenges. Human interaction is so important for a company like Syngenta as we provide solutions to help farmers increase crop yields and protect …

Agrifood 30-06-2023

EU’s upcoming food systems law is taking a ‘dangerous’ turn, NGOs warn

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Campaign groups have warned that the EU’s sustainable food law risks going off course as conversations turn to food security and the strengthening of the internal market - something the Commission has defended, insisting this is a key pillar of the law.

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Agrifood 25-05-2023

Are you hungry for change?

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When I was born, there were around 3.7 billion people on this planet. There are now over 8 billion. The solutions for how to feed them that I was taught in school are insufficient today. Alexandra Brand is the Regional Director …

Agrifood 15-05-2023

EU food systems law proposal hits first stumbling block

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The impact assessment on the proposal future framework for sustainable food systems (FSFS) has failed to win approval from the Commission's quality control board, according to sources, although this is not expected to delay the presentation of the proposal. 

Agrifood 10-05-2023

MEPs push to dedicate 2024 as European Year of Food Sustainability

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A group of MEPs advises the EU executive to proclaim 2024 as a European year of 'sustainable and resilient food systems' in a letter seen by EURACTIV.

Agrifood 05-01-2023

China lifts ban on Irish beef imports, reopening multimillion-euro market

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China has lifted its 2020 ban on the import of Irish beef, putting the longstanding issue to rest and reopening a multimillion-euro market for Irish farmers.