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Farm Policy

Animal Health & Welfare

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New front opens in US-EU trade war, biotech rule revamp, UK election

Champagne and cheeses from France could be hit with a U.S. import tariff of up to 100% unless the EU member state rolls back on its new Digital Services Tax (DST).

Trade Disputes Brexit

Professor slams CAP direct payments in front of AGRI MEPs

There are no good arguments to justify the dominance of “unconditional” direct payments in the EU’s farming policies, a German academic has told Agriculture MEPs.

EU European Agricultural Policy

EU ‘ineffective’ in helping agriculture weather economic storms

EU payments to help farmers deal with situations like trade wars, plant or animal diseases, extreme weather or low food prices have struggled to work effectively, according to a new European Court of Auditors (ECA) report.

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Biotechnology

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New front opens in US-EU trade war, biotech rule revamp, UK election

Champagne and cheeses from France could be hit with a U.S. import tariff of up to 100% unless the EU member state rolls back on its new Digital Services Tax (DST).

Trade Disputes Brexit

Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New Commission’s ‘Green Deal’ plan leaked, FDA says CBD not ‘GRAS’

The new European Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen will start work today (December 2) on fleshing out policies that will shape the EU food and agriculture sector for the next five years.

Environment and Conservation CAP

Leak reveals European Green Deal’s ambitions for agriculture

A leaked summary of incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s European Green Deal has revealed its climate and environmental ambition for agriculture.

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Organics

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: New front opens in US-EU trade war, biotech rule revamp, UK election

Champagne and cheeses from France could be hit with a U.S. import tariff of up to 100% unless the EU member state rolls back on its new Digital Services Tax (DST).

Trade Disputes Brexit

Commission allocates €200 million to promote EU agri-food products

The European Commission will fund new campaigns to help EU agri-food producers take advantage of market opportunities and raise awareness among consumers of the quality of their products.

EU European Agricultural Policy

European petition to phase out pesticides by 2035 kicks off shortly

A petition drafted by European beekeeping and environmental groups that seeks a complete ban on agrochemical use over the next 15 years is due to start collecting signatures from November 25.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Crop Inputs

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EU votes to ban chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl

EU member states have supported draft decisions not to renew the EU approvals for the insecticides, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl. The European Commission proposed the move in response to health concerns raised in risk assessments conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

CAP reform fails to safeguard Europe’s soil, think-tank finds

The environmental ambition in the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not good enough to shift farmers away from unsustainable agriculture practices and protect soil health, according to the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).

EU European Agricultural Policy

Baltic farmers criticise EU’s "broken promise" on CAP convergence

A coalition of Baltic farming associations has asked EU leaders for a “new political commitment” to ensure a “fairer” distribution of CAP direct payments.  

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Labelling

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CAP reform fails to safeguard Europe’s soil, think-tank finds

The environmental ambition in the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not good enough to shift farmers away from unsustainable agriculture practices and protect soil health, according to the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).

EU European Agricultural Policy

Environment MEPs want stronger pesticide reduction in the next CAP

Current EU policies to protect pollinators are too weak to protect biodiversity and a stronger approach is needed in agricultural policy, according to the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI).

EU European Agricultural Policy

EU Court to rule on balsamic vinegar from Modena GI

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will December 4 hand down a key ruling determining whether the words ‘balsamic vinegar’ are also covered by a protected geographical indication (GI) for Aceto Balsamico di Modena, the product made in Modena in Italy using a traditional method.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Precision Agriculture

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Dairy giant Valio aims to be carbon neutral by 2035

Finnish dairy company Valio says it is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2035 and will kick off the project by offering training to 200 farmers over the course of 2020 to cut emissions.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Major chocolate companies want stronger EU regulation for cocoa sector

Three of the biggest chocolate companies in the world called on the EU today (November 2) to introduce new legislation ensuring the entire sector supports sustainable cocoa production.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

5G could help farming and food sectors to tackle key challenges – event

The next generation of mobile broadband could help farmers improve their agricultural practices and enhance transparency across the food supply chain, participants at an event heard.

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