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Farm Policy

Animal Health & Welfare

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ASF poses “serious risk” to European pigmeat market, Hogan warns

Any further spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) within the EU could have a “severe impact” on domestic pigmeat producers, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has warned.

EU Asia Pacific

EU agriculture policy diary (October 14-18): EU budget, Brexit, CAP reform

National leaders will need to take some important decisions on the future of the EU after Agriculture Ministers take another look at the CAP reform package.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Brazil awaits decision on US beef ban, progress on EU poultry restrictions

Brazil should soon find out if the US is to reopen its market to fresh Brazilian beef - but the South American country may have to wait longer for the EU to lift a ban on 20 chicken meat suppliers.

Food Safety and Standards Trade Disputes
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Biotechnology

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Wojciechowski wins over MEPs, US tariff fall out, JBS under the spotlight

A much-improved performance by Janusz Wojciechowski saw Poland’s EU agriculture Commissioner-designate convince members of the European Parliament’s AGRI committee that he is the right person for the job, following a second hearing last week.

CAP Budget and Financing

MEPs oppose imports of GM maize and soybeans

EU parliamentarians have objected to the European Commission’s plans to authorise the imports of three herbicide-resistant GMOs into the EU, pointing to risks of higher pesticide levels.

EU International

Bayer continues to defend glyphosate in cancer lawsuits

Bayer is prepared to use all appeal options in the glyphosate-cancer lawsuits against the company, but would also consider a settlement if that proves to be less costly, a board member has said.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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Organics

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Food production is not increasing fast enough to feed the world - report

A new report released today says the world is not increasing agricultural productivity fast enough to sustainably meet the food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy needs of the planet’s population by 2050.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Farmers “won’t be switching to organic agriculture” when they come off glyphosate

The approaching bans on the herbicide glyphosate in Austria, France, Germany and Luxembourg will not necessarily lead more farmers to embrace organic agriculture, both the German Farmers’ Union and the NGO Pesticide Action Network say.



European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Next Generation Food: How health, climate change and politics are changing the way we eat

IEG Policy’s latest special report looks at how the relationship people have with the food and drink they consume is going through a period of fundamental and rapid change, presenting opportunities and challenges for industry and policy makers alike.

Agribusiness Allergens
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Crop Inputs

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OECD analyses greenhouse gas reduction policies for agriculture

A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) explores different policies that could be used to help reduce greenhouse gases in agriculture.

EU EFTA

EU agriculture policy diary (October 21-25): Brexit and bees

Last Thursday (October 17), Boris Johnson was finally able to reach an agreement with the EU on how the UK would leave the bloc, but Brexit won’t be leaving the headlines anytime soon with more events unfolding next week.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Farmers “won’t be switching to organic agriculture” when they come off glyphosate

The approaching bans on the herbicide glyphosate in Austria, France, Germany and Luxembourg will not necessarily lead more farmers to embrace organic agriculture, both the German Farmers’ Union and the NGO Pesticide Action Network say.



European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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Labelling

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European banana producers demand clear labelling for non-EU imports

European banana producers have voiced their concerns about an oversupply of non-EU imports and demanded clearer labelling so consumers know the differences in what they are eating.

EU Mercosur

Italy pledges to strengthen food origin labelling

Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has included new provisions on addressing the origin of food products in a recent update to the country’s 2019 Economic and Financial Document (Documento di economia e finanza, or DEF). DEF is Italy’s main instrument for financial and economic planning as it sets out the public finance and economic strategies for the mid-term.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU to ease restrictions on Japanese food imports by end of year

The European Commission has informed the Japanese Government that it will likely relax its import requirements for some local food products by the end of the year.

EU Japan
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Precision Agriculture

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CAP reform proposals are “going into the right direction” on environment, Commission says

An EU official has defended the environmental and climate aspects of the European Commission’s CAP reform proposals at a conference organised by green NGOs.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Agriculture Ministers recognise need to increase soil carbon sequestration

Farming Ministers have expressed their willingness to step up soil carbon sequestration efforts under the next CAP, but said more flexibility and sufficient funding will be needed.

EU Finland

Future CAP should include "technology vouchers", says machinery industry

Farm equipment suppliers call on EU member states to include “smart technology vouchers” under their CAP Strategic Plans to foster precision farming in Europe.

EU European Agricultural Policy
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