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EU agriculture policy diary (January 21-25): UTPs, fertilisers, CAP reform

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan will defend his legislative proposals for the next CAP after Agriculture MEPs cast a crucial vote on the new rules to tackle unfair trading practices.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Australia's border guards uncover ASF in travellers' meat products

Biosecurity checks on 152 meat products at entrance points into Australia found six which were contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

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Biotechnology

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NPPC pushes back on report critical of meat consumption

Objections to a new report from the Lancet medical journal that called for reduced consumption of meat, dairy and eggs for health and environmental reasons was voiced by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

US eyes agriculture, food safety in objectives for EU trade talks

Agriculture and food safety are among the topics the US wants included in free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union (EU), despite the EU's reluctance, according to negotiating objectives released late last week by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Doubling EU agricultural production by 2050 is technically feasible, says researcher

The EU is funding a major research project aimed at increasing agricultural crop yields in order to secure future food supplies for a growing global population.

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Organics

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Research finds EU vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards contain the most copper

Wet areas which experience frequent fungicide treatment are those with the highest concentration of copper in soils, new research has found.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Swiss government steps up support for sugar beet growers

The Swiss Federal Council has increased the support price for sugar due to low market prices.

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French farmers to benefit from €150 million in low-cost loans

A new €30 million fund will provide cheap credit to around 1,500 farmers and agri-businesses in one of the main agricultural regions in France in order to help them modernise their production and capitalise on market trends.

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Crop Inputs

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French authority disputes court ruling that said it erred when assessing glyphosate product

The French food safety agency, the Anses, has contested the finding of the French Administrative Court in Lyon that the agency made an error of assessment by approving Bayer legacy company Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup Pro 360 (glyphosate).

Europe France

German risk assessor rejects plagiarism charge in glyphosate assessment

The German federal institute for risk assessment, the BfR, has rejected accusations of deliberate deception while defending itself against a report claiming “plagiarism and super-ordinated copy and paste” in its assessment of the herbicide, glyphosate.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU Parliament overwhelmingly backs reform of the authorisation of pesticides in the EU

The European Parliament plenary has massively endorsed the results of the final report by the Pesticides Committee and asked for a fundamental reform of the authorisation procedure on pesticides in the EU.

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Labelling

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US, Turkey spar over metals tariffs, retaliation at WTO DSB

US and Turkish representatives sparred over retaliatory tariffs Turkey imposed after the US levied Section 232 duties on steel and aluminum during the January 11 meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB).

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Commission still dragging feet on vegan and vegetarian labelling

The European Commission is coming under increasing pressure to act on vegan and vegetarian labelling, including from those that contest use of terms traditionally used to describe meat on product labels, such as “cutlet”, but the EU executive insists it cannot say when it will produce a law covering voluntary labels required under the 2011 food information to consumers regulation (FIC – 1169/2011).

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

France cleared to continue dairy and meat origin label pilot until end March 2020

The European Commission has given France the go ahead to extend the initial two-year pilot law requiring origin labelling for meat and milk in processed foods until March 31, 2020.

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Precision Agriculture

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Report calls for transformation of global diets to deliver sustainable food systems

Diet and food production must radically change to improve health and avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet, a report published in the Lancet medical journal warns.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU agriculture policy diary: Parliament plenary, EU forest strategy and GFFA

Next week the European Parliament will gather in the first plenary session of 2019 to discuss, among other things, the EU's authorisation procedure for pesticides.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Gove sets out opposition to ‘No Deal’ Brexit in speech to farming conference

UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove has warned against a ‘No Deal’ scenario when the UK leaves the EU at the end of March.

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