No obstacles to ban glyphosate – New report by PAN Europe shows that alternatives exist for all uses
14 Mar 2023
Ahead of the EU’s decision on whether or not to re-approve glyphosate at the end of this year, the NGO Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe has just published a report for t...
New report reveals EU’s failure to reduce use of most dangerous pesticides
24 May 2022
Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) just released a new report highlighting that the European Union (EU) is alarmingly going in the wrong direction regarding pesticides us...
Climate Change threatens food security
01 Mar 2022
The latest IPCC report portrays an alarming scenario for the future of our food systems. Global warming threatens food production and access to food. According to researchers, the ...
Plant-based put forward in the EU’s 2022 promotional policy
06 Jan 2022
The EU will support the consumption of plant-based products as reported in the 2022 promotional policy published last December. The policy allocates 185.9 million euros to the prom...
Emmanuel Macron unveils the priorities of the French EU Presidency
10 Dec 2021
French president Emmanuel Macron held a press on conference on December 9th to unveil France’s programme for the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, which w...
Ethylene oxide in foods: still a long way to go in reaching coordination
01 Jul 2021
In the past few months, organisations have revealed that non-compliant products containing ingredients illegally processed with ethylene oxide were still being sold without proper ...
Provisional agreement reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
29 Jun 2021
On June 25th, 2021, a deal was finally found between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP...
Bulgaria: Pesticide with EU-banned substance still widely used in Bulgarian agriculture
19 Apr 2021
The investigative journalist Valia Ahchieva published a video showing a sad reality in Bulgaria: The Mocap, a plant protection product containing an ingredient banned by the EU is ...
European Ombudsman asks Commission to increase transparency in the approval process for pesticides
14 Dec 2020
In a recently published decision, the EU Ombudsman has raised concerns regarding the current procedure for the approval of active substances in pesticides by the Commission. The pr...
CSOs call for Withdrawal of the EC proposal for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy
02 Nov 2020
On 30 October, CSOs wrote to EC President von der Leyen to call on the European Commission to withdraw its proposal on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in order to safeguard th...
German Scientific Advisory Board recommands using climate labels
26 Aug 2020
The German Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection(WBAE) has urged the government to introduce mandatory climate labels on food produc...
EU farm ministers seek targeted measures to withstand COVID-19
12 Apr 2020
EU agriculture ministers have called for further specific and targeted measures to address the difficulties faced by the agri-food sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as restr...
IPCC latest report calling for global Food Waste reduction in agriculture
27 Aug 2019
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations issued a report in August 2019 highlighting the need for a drastic reduction of Food Waste to reduce glob...
CAPNGO’s Open letter to AGRI Committee MEPs concerning CAP proposals
21 Mar 2019
On 20th March, the CAPNGO Working Group, gathering around fifteen NGOs to advocate for better proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy, sent an open letter to Members of t...
The pesticide-free town: Sowing the seeds of tomorrow
17 Jul 2018
In 2014 Mals, a small town in the north of Italy, became the first community in the world to ban pesticide use through a referendum. How did these activists triumph over the pestic...
Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth
20 Jun 2018
Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to ...
High risk of food shortages without pesticides, says chemical giant
18 Jun 2018
Head of Syngenta, world’s biggest pesticide maker, says rejecting farming tech could have serious consequences within 20 years. Read the full article on The Guardian here....
Pesticide Dependency Reductions must become one of the success indicators of the Common Agricultural Policy
05 Jun 2018
On the 1st of June, the European Commission has published its legislative proposals and its impact assessment on CAP reform. Within the hundreds of pages of documents, pesticide us...
European alliance calls for a ‘Common Food Policy’ to replace the CAP
04 Jun 2018
Following the EU Food and Farming Forum of 29-30 May 2018, a group of more than 30 European think tanks, NGOs and farming groups have united to call for a ‘Common Food Policy’ ...
50 shades of green: Europe’s farm reforms explained
01 Jun 2018
Deep budget cuts and an untested plan to let national governments take the reins are causing jitters across the bloc. Read the full article on Politico here....
Insufficient consideration for food issue in CAP
30 May 2018
The Commission is due to unveil its next Common Agriculture Policy on June 1st and Olivier De Schutter, former UN Special Rapporteur on the right for food and co-chair of the inter...
Revealed: majority of politicians on key EU farming panel have industry links
24 May 2018
Research uncovers that 25 out of 46 MEPs of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee have strong links to the farming sector they are charged with regulating. Read the ful...
Weedkiller products more toxic than their active ingredient, tests show
08 May 2018
After more than 40 years of widespread use, new scientific tests show that some popular weedkilling products, like Monsanto’s widely-used Roundup, have higher rates of toxicity t...
Farmers hail new transparency rules in food safety, still want science-based decisions
18 Apr 2018
EU farmers have welcomed the European Commission’s new rules on transparency in food safety assessments. However, it is still uncertain to which extent this will ensure that futu...
Post-2020 CAP: simplification and investments
26 Mar 2018
The European Commission, steered by Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, has taken a number of initiatives to simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and help EU farmers cope...
Report says end meat and dairy subsidies, tax meat in shift to crop protein diet
12 Mar 2018
According to a report released at a debate held at the European Parliament on the 27th of February, the EU and the UK after Brexit should end subsidies for meat and dairy productio...
Greenpeace: Cut out meat to meet Paris Agreement goals
05 Mar 2018
According to a new Greenpeace report, the world needs to cut the production and consumption of meat in half by 2050 in order to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. The ...
Des OGM interdits découverts dans des aliments pour animaux
21 Feb 2018
Un vent de panique souffle sur la Commission européenne. Selon des documents officiels auquel Le Monde a eu accès, des produits destinés à l’alimentation animale ont été ...
Six member states call for glyphosate alternatives, exit plan
05 Jan 2018
Six member states that opposed the re-authorisation glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, sent a letter to the European Commission last month asking the EU execu...
New organic rules and animal welfare: Meeting social expectations or not?
04 Jan 2018
The EU organic logo brings certain guarantees about high standards of animal welfare, and EU institutions ought to show strong commitment to address weaknesses in regards to anima...
The Future of Food and Farming – for a flexible, fair and sustainable Common Agricultural Policy
30 Nov 2017
Read the full press release from the European Commission on the Future of Food and Farming here....
German vote swings EU decision on 5-year glyphosate renewal
28 Nov 2017
EU member states agreed on Monday (27 November) on a five-year renewal period for the controversial herbicide glyphosate, used by Monsanto in its Roundup product. The decision was ...
Member states approve new organic rules ahead of Parliament vote
22 Nov 2017
EU member states agreed on Monday (20 November) to a new set of rules for organic farming, simplifying the system and creating a level playing field for EU produce and imports. The...
MEPs demand glyphosate phase-out, with full ban by end 2022
24 Oct 2017
Parliament backed a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2022 and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance, on Tuesday. Read the full article on Eur...
Andriukaitis: ‘Enough’ with member states hiding behind the Commission on glyphosate
10 Oct 2017
The member states should stop hiding behind or even pointing the finger at the European Commission regarding the re-authorisation of the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, gl...
MEPs reject Commission’s endocrine disruptor definition
09 Oct 2017
The European Commission will have to rewrite its definition of endocrine disruptors, after MEPs shot down the executive’s proposal in a vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday (4 October...
Endocrine disruptors: A guilty definition
04 Oct 2017
French socialist MEPs are defiant against the Commission’s “weak, superficial and incomplete” definition of endocrine disruptors, blaming it on French Ecology Minister Nicol...
Endocrine disruptors: Report exposes scale of contamination as Parliament vote looms
04 Oct 2017
More than one-third of all fruit consumed in the EU is contaminated with residues of endocrine disrupting pesticides, according to a study published on Tuesday (3 October), a day b...
GMOs: EU court says states can’t ban them unless risks are proven
18 Sep 2017
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday (13 September) that member states cannot adopt emergency measures banning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without evide...
Legislators push smallholders to the heart of smart farming talks
04 Sep 2017
Several EU lawmakers from the European Parliament’s agriculture committee expressed their concerns on Wednesday (30 August) about the introduction of new technologies in farmin...
Netherlands finds second banned chemical on chicken farms as cost of scandal spirals
30 Aug 2017
The tainted eggs scandal deepened once again on Thursday (24 August), as Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers said traces of a second banned insecticide had been found on Dutch po...
Food industry upset over obligatory labelling of origin of pasta and rice
30 Aug 2017
Italy’s decision to impose mandatory labelling on pasta and rice packaging has triggered protests from the food industry, which has called on the European Commission to cancel ...
Des experts européens ont sous-estimé des études sur les dangers du glyphosate
31 May 2017
Des études qui mettent en évidence le lien entre plusieurs cas de cancer et le glyphosate ont été sous-estimées par les agences d’expertise européennes. C’est ce que rév...
Open letter urges WHO to take action on industrial animal farming
29 May 2017
Margaret Chan, the Director-General of WHO, spoke at last year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) to call for action from the international community on three “slow motion disas...
Pesticide residues detected in almost all European foods
24 Apr 2017
More than 97% of European food products contain pesticide residues, according to analyses carried out by the EU’s national authorities. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Enviro...
Brussels urges full ban on pesticides suspected of killing bees
27 Mar 2017
The European Commission has proposed a full ban on pesticide substances suspected of having a negative impact on bee colonies in the EU, inflicting a major upset on two of the worl...
Glyphosate and the crucial battle for independent science
27 Mar 2017
At its core, the political battle for transparency about the herbicide glyphosate is actually a battle for independent science and for the transparent and democratic functioning of...
‘TTIP may come back from the dead,’ warns expert
12 Dec 2016
Opposition to the EU’s transatlantic trade deals is alive and well. According to activists, TTIP is far from dead and CETA can still be stopped. The Transatlantic Trade and Inves...
Slow Food address EU Commissioner over meat promotion
10 Nov 2016
Following the recent declarations of Phil Hogan, European Agriculture Commissioner, announcing his plan to allocate 15 million dollars a year to promote meat consumption in Europe,...
CAP and animal welfare: Simply incompatible
23 Feb 2016
Livestock production has been at the centre of the intensification in agriculture brought by Europe’s Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), writes Olga Kikou. These policies have put ...