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Farm Policy

Animal Health & Welfare

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Researchers develop new vaccine that protects 100% of pigs against ASF

The UK’s Pirbright Institute has moved a step closer to developing a viable vaccine for African swine fever (ASF).

International ASF

EU GMO rules “could create Vitamin B2 deficiency” in pig and poultry diets

The European Commission has rejected calls to temporarily relax a ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic livestock despite warnings that this could lead to a deficit of Vitamin B2 for pig and poultry diets.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

UK pig farmers turn down chance to insure against ASF

British pig farmers are being urged to think again after showing little interest in a scheme to cover themselves financially against any future outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).

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Biotechnology

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EU approves insect pheromone to protect grapevines

The insect pheromone, lavandulyl senecioate, from US biopesticide company Suterra (Bend, Oregon), has received formal EU approval as a “low-risk” active ingredient. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

EFSA gives safety clearance for GM oilseed rape

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive assessment of genetically modified MS11 oilseed rape for use in the production of hybrid seed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

MEPs object to proposal to approve GM soybean

The European Commission should withdraw its proposal to approve a genetically modified triple- stack soybean line, says the European Parliament.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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Organics

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

EU United States

The UK Agriculture Bill: When does a landmark become an eyesore?

The new UK Agriculture Bill, which was this week presented to Parliament for its report stage and third reading in the House of Commons, portends the transformation of the UK landscape and the carefully nurtured relationships that have defined what we see, what we value across our landscape,  what we eat and our health, writes Howard Williams.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

European Commission seeks feedback on GIs and other EU agri-food promotion efforts

The European Commission is seeking views from industry, farmers, regulators, civil society and the wider public, from the EU and beyond, about the EU’s agri-food promotion policy, including geographical indications (GIs).

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Crop Inputs

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Food and Ag Policy Briefing: F2F Strategy, CAP transition and COVID-19 support

While EU policymakers made some important decisions on their future agri-food policies last week, US farmers got more clarity on the emergency aid that they will soon receive from the government.

EU United States

Commission defends Farm to Fork strategy against fears it will hit agri-food profits

The European Commission published new details on how its sustainable policies will be developed in close consultation with food producers, after European farming groups slammed the new Farm to Fork strategy as a “general attack” on farmers’ income.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Europe’s top users of glyphosate identified in new research

A survey conducted by agricultural scientists has identified which EU member states are most dependent on glyphosate.

EU European Agricultural Policy
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Labelling

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US patent office guidance bolsters common food term protection, say cheese and meat groups

US cheese and meat producers hailed a new policy from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that they say will help protect common food terms such as parmesan and bologna, a sticking point for US companies in trade negotiations with EU.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

EU meat and dairy groups outline criteria for harmonised labelling

European meat and dairy trade groups have said uncoordinated nutrition labelling schemes across the EU pose a commercial risk to the single market and outlined what a harmonised version should contain.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Jump in EU food fraud cases

Food fraud cases handled through an EU network rose by roughly 25% in 2019 compared to the previous year, confirming an upward trend, the latest annual report reveals.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Precision Agriculture

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The UK Agriculture Bill: When does a landmark become an eyesore?

The new UK Agriculture Bill, which was this week presented to Parliament for its report stage and third reading in the House of Commons, portends the transformation of the UK landscape and the carefully nurtured relationships that have defined what we see, what we value across our landscape,  what we eat and our health, writes Howard Williams.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

How will COVID-19 affect the global crop protection sector?

As part of a ‘Day After Tomorrow’ blue-skies thinking exercise, IHS Markit presents some tentative thoughts about where the global crop protection sector may be heading next as it gradually looks beyond the initial impacts of COVID-19.

International Coronavirus

EFSA issues first results of cumulative risk assessments for agrochemicals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the results of two pilot studies on the cumulative risk assessment (CRA) of exposure to multiple pesticide residues.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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