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Environment and Conservation

Set Alert for Environment and Conservation

Centre right MEPs insist on science-based pesticide approvals

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.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Green groups denounce being excluded from “last chance” CAP reform talks

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.


Are EU farmers losing the international productivity race?

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.

Crop Inputs Agribusiness

Industry lobby accused of boycotting EU climate change policies

A leaked internal memo by the lobby representing national industry and employers’ organizations has been accused of wanting to derail EU climate change policy. 
EU European Agricultural Policy

MEPs outline shortcomings of EU pesticide authorisations

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.

Crop Inputs EU

EU agriculture policy diary: (September 24-28): Informal Agri Council and 12th EU Organic Congress

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.

EU European Agricultural Policy

The impact of limiting cadmium levels in European fertilizers – a constructive approach

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.

Crop Inputs Environment and Conservation

GM maize treated with glyphosate does not cause cancer, EFSA conference told

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.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Commission adopts greening derogations for farmers affected by drought

The European Commission has officially adopted the derogations on certain greening rules relating to winter and catch crops which were granted earlier this summer.

EU European Agricultural Policy
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