Environment


Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK

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 illegal pesticides are available has raised concerns about both the economic and health costs. Read the article on Euractiv here.


EU Parliament backs microplastic bans to tackle plastic pollution

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. MEPs called for a number of measures that go beyond the Commission’s original proposals, including a ban on microplastics in some products by 2020. Read more here.


Le cannucce di plastica permangono nei secoli: 500 anni per distruggersi

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 diventano «microplastiche». Queste particelle quasi invisibili ad occhio nudo vengono ingerite dai pesci e ce le ritroviamo nella catena alimentare, ovvero nel piatto. Leggi il reportage […]


Tackling food waste: turning nemesis into a saviour

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 influences, but innovations are quickly changing its role. Packaging is getting active and intelligent, able to monitor and interact with food and environment and maintain food freshness for longer. Read the […]


A worldwide shift: profiling the alternative meat market

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 consumer habits and the rise of ‘flexitarianism’ – eating predominantly, but not strictly, vegetarian – has led to the reduced consumption of meat in favour of vegetables and meat alternatives. […]


Catena italiana di prodotti sfusi apre negozio a Parigi

“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 Republique.”Una famiglia di 4 persone che si rifornisce abitualmente al Negozio Leggero può arrivare a risparmiare oltre 200 kg di rifiuti in un anno”, spiega l’ufficio stampa della catena. […]


Pesticide Dependency Reductions must become one of the success indicators of the Common Agricultural Policy

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 use reduction is not mentioned once. Read PAN Europe’s press release here.