Environment and Conservation
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The French National Assembly, the country's lower house of Parliament, has postponed by three years, a government move to ban the manufacture of agrochemicals that do not hold approval within the EU but are exported to countries outside the EU.
European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has opened an inquiry into the EU approval process for five agrochemical active ingredients, and the use of the confirmatory data procedure (CDP), following two complaints from environmental group Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe.
National Agriculture Ministers continue to object to important provisions of the proposed Regulations on the Strategic Plans, the Common Market Organisation and horizontal aspects.
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US agriculture organizations have responded with dismay at proposed cuts to farm program funding in the Trump administration’s FY 2020 budget, but food safety programs could see an increase.
Environmental organisations have set out four key “tests” which Agriculture Ministers need to meet to effectively raise the environmental and climate ambitions of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The control system for organic production in the EU has improved in recent years, but there are still shortcomings in the national supervision of compliance and on product traceability, the European Court of Auditors has found.
According to a new study carried out for the Danish Dairy Association by Userneeds, many Danes are ready to change their food consumption habits for the sake of the climate.
The European Commission has categorised palm oil as a biofuel feedstock crop with “high ILUC risk”, meaning it will be subject to a progressive phase-out and cannot be counted towards the EU’s renewable energy targets.
French environmental activists who damaged containers of the controversial, glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup have said in their defence that the legal basis of pesticide approvals in the EU is at fault. However, the European Court of Justice has delivered an opinion rejecting their stance.
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