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Animal Health & Welfare

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Brazil’s agriculture minister to follow US trade talks with China trip

Brazilian agriculture minister Tereza Cristina will follow up this week’s trip to Washington with a visit to China in the first week of May, where she will attempt to secure authorization for more meat plants to export to the Asian country among other things. 

Trade Agreements Food Safety and Standards

EU report finds Croatia failing to protect welfare of cattle in transit

The European Commission’s latest report on the welfare of livestock transported to non-EU countries makes uncomfortable reading for Croatia, where large numbers of animals are put on ships to the Middle East.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

NGOs urge Council to increase CAP’s environmental and climate ambition

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).

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Biotechnology

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: US trade agenda, Farm Bill timelines, CAP splits and Brexit

With trade talks between the US and China concluding without an overall agreement, but with commitments on the US not raising tariffs beyond current levels and China promising to purchase more agricultural goods, attention turned to other trade matters last week, including USMCA.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

How the EU legal framework is being adapted to accommodate new food proteins

On February 25, the European Commission published a study on new opportunities for the EU plant protein market, write Katia Merten-Lentz and Thais Payan of international law firm Keller & Heckman.

European Food Law US Food Policy

Interview: De Castro on gene editing, GMOs and plant protection products

The EU is being left behind by the rest of the world when it comes to scientific research in the agriculture sector and "badly needs" a more positive approach to gene editing in order to catch up, according to Paolo De Castro, vice chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (ComAgri).

Food Safety and Standards Biotechnology
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Organics

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Most Danes ready to change food habits for climate’s sake , finds survey

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.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

No Deal or Article 50 extension looms, as MPs reject Brexit agreement again

The UK government will publish on Wednesday (March 13) its proposals for import tariffs to apply on agricultural and other imports in the event of a no deal Brexit, after a fresh defeat for prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday evening (March 12).

Brexit Trade Agreements

UK organic produce “faces trade embargo” under no deal Brexit, says farmers' union

The EU needs to recognise UK organic certification bodies in the event of a no-deal so that the country’s organic sector export products are not forced back onto the home market, potentially at the cost of millions of pounds, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) has said.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Crop Inputs

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French plan to ban exports of non-EU approved pesticides delayed

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 Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Investigation launched into EU’s approvals of five pesticides

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.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Jury finds Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide likely caused cancer

Exposure to Bayer-owned Monsanto's glyphosate-based weedkiller was likely a substantial factor in causing a California man to develop cancer, a federal jury concluded on Tuesday (March 19).
US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy
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Labelling

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Food & Ag Policy Briefing: Funding proposals, UTPs law passes Parliament, UK announces Brexit tariff plan

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.

Crop Insurance Food Safety and Standards

EU agrees to join international agreement on GIs

Lawmakers have cleared the way for the EU to join a multilateral treaty that allows a more rapid and straightforward protection of Geographical Indications in third countries.

Geographical Indications European Food Law

Greece seeks EU protection for its famous agri-food products

Greece is determined to win protected status in both Europe and abroad for some of its signature agri-food products, the country’s Minister of Agricultural Development and Food has revealed.

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Precision Agriculture

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Digitisation in beekeeping can receive boost under next CAP, Commission says

Technological applications can help the EU’s apiculture sector to deal with its increasing challenges, two European Commissioners have declared.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Change what we eat or face climate consequences, Professor warns

Humanity needs to change what it eats, and thereby change what it farms, otherwise it will “push itself into a corner where, literally, by the end of the century, we are going to fry”, an expert on climate change warned this week.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Artificial Intelligence more likely to transform agri-food sector than blockchain, MEPs hear

Digital technologies have a great potential to help farmers and food chain actors deal with their main challenges, but some applications will have a lot more impact than others, members of the European Parliament heard today. 

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