Environment and Conservation
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The European Parliament’s largest political group, the centre right European People’s Party (EPP), is demanding that the EU takes a science-based approach towards pesticide authorisation.
Environmental organisations complain that they are not being represented at Council discussions on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, while they fear that the proposals on the table will fail to make the EU farming sector more sustainable.
Agricultural productivity in the European Union is slipping behind productivity gains in other major farm producing and exporting nations, most notably the United States, Brazil and China, according to research by the agro-chemical industry.
Members of the European Parliament have presented a blueprint to improve the EU’s authorisation procedures for pesticides, with proposals to increase transparency and make the designation of the responsible member state more independent.
Next week EU Agriculture Ministers will gather in Vienna at the Informal Council to focus on fostering vibrant rural communities and high-quality food production, a theme Austria, which holds the Council presidency, has been keen to prioritise.
In recent years, the words ‘phosphate’ and ‘cadmium’ have jointly come under the spotlight even in non-specialised press articles. On more than one occasion they have depicted scary, almost ‘doomsday’ scenarios that may come as a consequence of regulatory changes put forward by the European Commission.
Genetically modified maize treated with glyphosate did not show any significant risk-related features, a scientist from the German Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food told a major scientific conference this week.
The European Commission has officially adopted the derogations on certain greening rules relating to winter and catch crops which were granted earlier this summer.
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