Agriculture


Climate Change threatens food security

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 exposure to food insecurity will be unevenly distributed, hitting the poorest areas of the world more severely. Asia and Africa are already experiencing the impact of climate […]


Plant-based put forward in the EU’s 2022 promotional policy

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 promotion of EU agri-food products in and outside the EU and will fund campaigns coherent with the sustainability targets set in the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy. Consequently, […]


Emmanuel Macron unveils the priorities of the French EU Presidency

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 will start on January 1st, 2022. The President exposed France’s 3 axes for the presidency, encapsulated in the motto  “Relance, Puissance, Appartenance” (“Recovery, power, belonging” in English). Calling for a […]


Ethylene oxide in foods: still a long way to go in reaching coordination

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 consumer information.  Ethylene oxide is a gaseous disinfectant, originally used for sterilization purposes and for decreasing salmonella occurrence in foods. It is a highly irritating and mutagenic chemical, considered to be […]


Provisional agreement reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

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).  The reform, which took 3 years to achieve, outlines how the €387 billion budget is to be spent for the 2021-2027 period.  While seeking to […]


Bulgaria: Pesticide with EU-banned substance still widely used in Bulgarian agriculture

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 not only used, but subsidised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture. The ethoprophos contained in this “Mocap” is a highly toxic substance and is used in potatoes […]


European Ombudsman asks Commission to increase transparency in the approval process for pesticides

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 procedure is criticised for two main issues. First, the Ombudsman questions the Commission’s practice of approving active substances which had been identified either no safe use or critical […]


CSOs call for Withdrawal of the EC proposal for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy

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 the European Green Deal. The positions agreed in the European Parliament and Council on the CAP, work against the EU Green Deal (and the […]


German Scientific Advisory Board recommands using climate labels

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 products. Such labels would display the GHG emissions of these products. These recommandations also include an excise tax on sugar-sweetened products, restrictions on adverts for unhealthy food targeting children, and the […]