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Farm Policy

Animal Health & Welfare

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Lack of coherent EU food policy blocks transition to sustainable farming - report

Due to the absence of a coherent framework, the EU’s food-related policies are failing to adequately preserve the environment and make the farming sector more sustainable, new research has found.

CAP Food Policy

Direct payments should go to active farmers delivering public goods – EESC opinion

Direct payments should only go to active farmers and agricultural enterprises which are involved in agricultural production and deliver public goods, according to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). 
EU European Agricultural Policy

Wine producers call for reauthorisation of copper compounds at EU level

The European Federation of Origin Wines (EFOW) has called for the EU-wide renewal of copper compounds for the treatment of organically grown vines.

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Set Alert for Biotechnology

Commission free to approve GM maize after indecisive vote

The European Commission is free to go ahead with its proposed approvals for the use of two genetically modified maize lines in food and feed, after an appeal committee returned indecisive votes in May.

Europe European Agricultural Policy

New swathe of scientific experts take up challenge of giving Europe food advice

A new group of scientific experts, selected from 1,000 candidates, will be taking on the challenging role of advising on the work of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) from July.

Europe EFSA

Agchem company consolidation ‘reaching limits’

The current trend towards consolidation in the traditional agrichemicals and seeds sectors cannot progress much further, according to Matt Bray, M&A Project Leader at Syngenta.

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Set Alert for Organics

EU member states greenlight new organic rules for the bloc

The EU Council adopted new EU rules on organic production and the labelling of organic products. 
EU European Agricultural Policy

Organic farming acreage in the UK on the rise again

Organic farmland in the UK has increased for the first since 2008, according to the latest statistics on organic farming released by the country’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Europe United Kingdom

Marketing organic food and drink products in the EU and US

The ultimate goal of the efforts undertaken by organic producers to produce within the prescriptive guidelines is, of course, to be able to sell authenticated ‘organic’ products to the end-consumer.

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Crop Inputs

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Wine producers call for reauthorisation of copper compounds at EU level

The European Federation of Origin Wines (EFOW) has called for the EU-wide renewal of copper compounds for the treatment of organically grown vines.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Sugar beet farmers demand derogation from EU neonicotinoid ban

Dutch and French sugar beet producers are urging their governments to request an exemption for the sector from the EU’s ban on three neonicotinoids, arguing that the alternatives are not economically viable and could even be more harmful for Europe’s bee populations.

Crop Inputs Environment and Conservation

Glyphosate residues are safe for humans and animals, EFSA review

Current exposure levels to the pesticide glyphosate do not pose a risk to human health nor to the health of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and chickens, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found. 
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Set Alert for Labelling

EU consumers have the biggest potential to reduce food waste

EU consumers and households can contribute the most towards reducing food waste and implementing the circular economy package, the EU health and food safety Commissioner said. 
EU European Agricultural Policy

German supermarket introduces method of production labelling

German supermarket chain, Lidl, has introduced a new labelling system that gives consumers a quick way of assessing how high the standards are in the production of its' fresh meat range.

Germany European Food Law

US-UK trade agreement could 'destroy large parts of British farming', study warns

A new report has highlighted major concerns surrounding a potential UK-US free trade deal after Brexit, as it concludes that such an agreement is unlikely to bring major benefits for the UK while it “could destroy large parts of British farming”.

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Precision Agriculture

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Commission aims to invest €10 billion in agri-food research and innovation

Research and innovation in food, agriculture, rural development and bio-economy will receive a big boost in the 2021-2027 period, as the European Commission proposes to earmark an additional €4 billion for these areas under its ‘Horizon Europe’ framework.

Budget and Financing Technology

Environmental issues threaten growth in world food production

At current rates, the amount of food produced globally will only feed approximately half the world population by the middle of this century. But can agricultural systems rise to the challenge and boost output to the necessary levels?

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Farm associations sign EU code of conduct on agricultural data sharing

A coalition of associations from the EU agri-food chain launched a joint EU Code of Conduct on agricultural data sharing to provide guidance on the use of agricultural data.

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