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Farm Policy

Animal Health & Welfare

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Russia suspends pork imports from Serbia following ASF outbreak

Russia has joined the list of countries blocking pork imports from Serbia following news that African Swine Fever (ASF) has reached the Balkan country for the first time.

Animal Health Food Safety and Standards

Chinese poultry production seen rising as ASF hits pork output

Chicken meat production is rising rapidly in China as the industry looks to meet demand for animal protein in a country where millions of pigs have been lost to African Swine Fever (ASF).

Animal Health Farm Policy & Programs

Kazakhstan adopts dairy standards 'roadmap'

Kazakhstan has strengthened its commitment to improving dairy standards by signing a roadmap that will bring them to a level on par with those across the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Food Safety and Standards Food Policy
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Biotechnology

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EU biotech policies still scorned by the US

The European Union's (EU) recent approval of several ag biotech products is a positive development, but regulatory delays and bans imposed by individual member states remain major concerns, the US said in statement at the August 15 World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) meeting.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Organic crop group calls for maintenance of NBT regulation in EU

There must be no attempt to exclude plants modified with new breeding techniques (NBTs) from current EU legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMO, according to an international organic farming group.

Biotechnology Farm Policy & Programs

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: CAP set for delay, UN climate report, cell-based meat

A lack of clarity over the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), largely due to the uncertainty around Brexit, could mean the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will not be implemented until 2023.

CAP Food Technology
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Organics

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Organic crop group calls for maintenance of NBT regulation in EU

There must be no attempt to exclude plants modified with new breeding techniques (NBTs) from current EU legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMO, according to an international organic farming group.

Biotechnology Farm Policy & Programs

Germany’s egg production up by nearly 2%

Germany slightly increased its egg production last year and reached new record-levels for free-range and organic eggs, the latest official statistics show.

EU Germany

Green groups want complete ban on agrochemicals in Europe by 2035

Environmental groups have asked the European Commission to launch a petition seeking to ban synthetic pesticides by 2035.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Crop Inputs

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Cyprus to impose higher fines on producers exceeding pesticide MRLs

The government of Cyprus is to introduce tougher legislation to ensure that fewer food products are found to exceed the EU’s maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticides.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Brazilian citrus industry to restrict use of dimethoate after EU withdrawal notice

Brazil’s citrus sector has restricted the use of the insecticide dimethoate in production of fruit for juice and for export as fresh produce, in response to the European Union’s decision not to renew its authorisation due to risks identified in its reassessment.

Crop Inputs Compliance and Enforcement

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: CAP set for delay, UN climate report, cell-based meat

A lack of clarity over the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), largely due to the uncertainty around Brexit, could mean the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will not be implemented until 2023.

CAP Food Technology
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Labelling

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France leader in seeking EU protected status for foods

France currently has 42 applications to protect its regional foods, leading the pack ahead of Spain, which has 29 applications and Italy with 27, according to a food box company.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

German farmers slam meat tax proposal as production drops

Farm groups have rebuffed calls to introduce a meat tax in Germany, saying environmental and welfare goals would be better served by helping them compete with overseas suppliers who produce to lower standards.

Animal Welfare Environment and Conservation

EU geographical indications register now includes spirit drinks

The EU’s new public geographical indications (GI) database, eAmbrosia, now lists spirit drinks as well as wine, the European Commission announced at the end of July.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Precision Agriculture

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EU agriculture should move towards agroecology, says EESC

The EU needs to put greater emphasis on agroecology and short supply chains to preserve its agriculture and make it more resilient, says the European and Economic Social Committee (EESC).

EU European Agricultural Policy

Agritech, ethics and society: The human dimension

All new agri-food technologies, whether digital, mechanical or biological, have impacts on people and on human society.

Precision Agriculture Technology

EU petition calls for law change to safeguard new plant breeding methods

A European Citizens Initiative (ECI) petition, “Grow scientific progress: crops matter!”, has called for the EU GMO registration Directive (2001/18) to be revised to help facilitate the authorisation of plant products obtained through new breeding techniques (NBTs).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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