European Commission adopts stringent residue limits for pesticides to protect pollinators
02 Feb 2023
The European Commission adopted new rules that aim to lower the Maximum Residues Levels (MRLs) of the pesticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam in food. The European Court of Justic...
European Court of Justice bans use of bee-toxic pesticides
19 Jan 2023
The European Court of Justice ruled that EU countries should no longer be allowed temporary exemptions for banned, bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides. These prohibition measures we...
Open letter to the European Commission on keeping up the ambition in times of energy crisis
05 Dec 2022
Together with 29 other organisations and associations, Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) sent an open letter to the President of the European Commission, the Executive-Vice-President, the Co...
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 ...
UK health professions call for climate tax on food with high environmental impacts
05 Nov 2020
The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC) has recently published a report calling the government to impose a food carbon tax on all food producers by 2025 if they do not ta...
Coca-Cola and Pepsi falling short on pledges over plastic – report
27 Apr 2020
Pepsi and Coca-Cola have not publicly committed to reducing this by 2025, or to invest in reusables or refillables as part of this reduction, Tearfund said in its analysis. Read mo...
Action needed to ensure a higher level of protection from pesticides in Europe
07 Dec 2018
An open letter of EU coalition of concerned citizens and NGOs calls EU regulators for a higher level of protection from pesticides by fulfilling the 15 manifesto demands. Read the ...
New report points at reduction of animal products to initiate a Low-Carbon Transition in the food sector
13 Nov 2018
Consumption of animal products such as meat and dairy has increased at an unprecedented pace since 1950s. Less animal products not only means healthier food, but also an earth-frie...
Rigorous Science, Safe Food, and a Healthy Environment – A Manifesto
31 Oct 2018
The European Union has one of the best regulations for pesticides in the world – in theory. But it is not implemented in practice. SAFE has joined the new “Citizens for Scien...
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...
Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK
13 Jul 2018
Europol’s annual Operation SILVER AXE III seized the largest-ever amount of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe this week. But the fact that such massive amounts of illeg...
EU Parliament backs microplastic bans to tackle plastic pollution
11 Jul 2018
On July 10, the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee voted to strengthen the Commission’s overall plans to cut plastic pollution, under the so-called Plastics Strategy. MEP...
Le cannucce di plastica permangono nei secoli: 500 anni per distruggersi
02 Jul 2018
Secondo gli studi del centro Enea, oltre l’80% dei rifiuti che invadono i litorali italiani è rappresentato da plastiche, che finiscono poi in mare dove nel corso degli anni div...
Tackling food waste: turning nemesis into a saviour
29 Jun 2018
According to Dr Milka Sokolović from the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), function of food packaging has traditionally been limited to passive protection from external ...
A worldwide shift: profiling the alternative meat market
27 Jun 2018
According to recent research from GlobalData, the majority of the world’s population has adopted a diet that features reduced or entirely absent meat consumption. Changing consum...
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....
Catena italiana di prodotti sfusi apre negozio a Parigi
06 Jun 2018
“Negozio Leggero”, la catena italiana di prodotti senza imballaggi, sbarca a Parigi. Il 23 giugno apre il primo negozio del franchising nella capitale francese, in zona...
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...
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...
Plastic packaging fails to reduce food waste, study warns
12 Apr 2018
One of the main advantages of plastic packaging is that it keeps food fresher for longer, reducing food waste. But a new study by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste ...
The edible solutions to the plastic-packaging crisis
09 Apr 2018
A UK startup making water containers from seaweed is one of many businesses thinking of food-based answers to the global problem of plastic. Can they catch on? Read the full articl...
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...
Il y a des particules de plastique dans 93% des échantillons de grande marque d’eau
15 Mar 2018
L’eau en bouteille de nombreuses grandes marques à travers le monde est contaminée par de minuscules particules de plastique dont les dangers sur la santé sont méconnus, ...
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 ...
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...
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...
EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study
19 Sep 2017
Exclusive: EU’s food safety watchdog recommended that glyphosate was safe but pages of report were identical to application from pesticide maker. Read the full article on The Gua...
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...
Parliament calls for mandatory EU-wide food waste targets by 2020
13 Apr 2017
EU lawmakers today (11 April) urged the European Commission to set binding EU-wide food waste reduction targets by 2020, to be met by 2025 and 2030. The European Parliament’s Com...
UNEP: Assessing the environmental impacts of consumption and production
12 Jul 2016
“What do I do first?” It is a simple question, but for decision-makers trying to determine how they can make a meaningful contribution to sustainable consumption and production...
Jeremy Rifkin: ‘Number two cause of global warming emissions? Animal husbandry’
09 Dec 2015
An estimated 40% of all the agricultural land in the world today is used to grow feed grains for beef production, a trend that is set to worsen with the rise of the middle class in...
Agriculture poses immense threat to environment, German study says
10 Apr 2015
Conventional agriculture is causing enormous environmental damage in Germany, warns a study by the country’s Federal Environment Agency, saying a transition to organic farming an...