EURACTIV’s Halloween Special: The pumpkin and the EU

By |oktober 31st, 2019|agriculture, Belgium, Germany, Halloween, Ireland, Jack O'Lantern, News, pumpkin, Spain|

In Europe, the day before All Saints Day, often termed Halloween, pumpkins are everywhere, as millions of Europeans decorate and place them in front of their doors. For its Halloween special, EURACTIV Germany has put together a few (very European) stat...

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EU globalisation adjustment fund should cushion Brexit consequences

By |oktober 23rd, 2019|agriculture, Brexit, economy and jobs, EGF, EU, EU Commission, EU regions, European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, Ireland, job losses, News, no-deal, UK, unemployment|

On Monday (21 October), the European Parliament voted in favour of using funds from the Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in the event of a hard Brexit to help workers of the remaining EU-27 who will have lost their jobs as a result of the UK's withd...

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EU will not renew authorisation of ‘bee killer’ substance thiacloprid

By |oktober 23rd, 2019|agriculture, bees, EU Commission, News, Pesticides|

Based on a conclusion by the EU's food safety authority (EFSA), the EU Commission announced on Tuesday (22 October) that it will not renew the authorisation of the "bee killer" substance thiacloprid. This means that the substance can still be used until April 2020. EURACTIV Germany reports. 

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European farmers descend on Strasbourg in protest against planned CAP reform

By |oktober 21st, 2019|agriculture, CAP, Copa-Cogeca, European Parliament, farmers, News, Strasbourg|

Hundreds of farmers are planning a demonstration in front of the European Parliament on Tuesday, calling for fewer direct payments to large industrial farms under the proposed revision of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Fourteen mayors sign declaration to promote sustainable food policies in their cities

By |oktober 11th, 2019|agriculture, Barcelona, C40, carbon, cities, CO2, Copenhagen, emissions, environmental protection, FAO, Food, Germany, London, Milan, News, Nutrition, Paris, Stockholm|

Fourteen cities announced on Thursday (10 October) that they would pay particular attention to the sustainable and healthy food supply in their cities in the future. This way, they aim to save 60% of the carbon emissions in the food sector. EURACTIV Ge...

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Digital Farming: Driving productivity and a more sustainable way of farming

By |oktober 8th, 2019|agriculture, digital farming, News|

Agriculture faces many evolving challenges, some from the past and some yet to come. These include the effects of a changing climate, less available arable land for cultivation, large fluctuations in commodity markets, and an ever-growing world populat...

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Commissioner hearings LIVE: Schmit/Wojciechowski

By |oktober 1st, 2019|agriculture, Commissioners hearings, European Parliament, Janusz Wojciechowski, jobs, News, Nicolas Schmit, social affairs, Ursula von der Leyen, Von der Leyen Commission|

The European Parliament will be grilling the proposed members of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission in a series of hearings between 30 September and 8 October.

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European winemakers grapple with environmental questions

By |september 30th, 2019|agriculture, Bordeaux, CAP, Champagne, climat, Climate Change, fongicides, News, Pesticides, plant production products, Wine|

Proud of their wines, Europeans are also concerned about the industry's widespread use of pesticides, while winemakers themselves will have to adapt to rising temperatures. From Bordeaux to Riesling and Champagne, EURACTIV takes a look at changing wine...

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The ‘belching cow’ phenomenon and why it’s a problem

By |september 16th, 2019|agriculture, animal farming, CO2 emissions, cows, Germany, methane emissions, News, pigs, quotas|

Methane, which is emitted when cows belch, is the second most common greenhouse gas on the planet but its effect on the atmosphere is about thirty times more harmful than that of CO2. The political agenda is set on curbing CO2 emissions, leaving the is...

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German cabinet agrees on plan to ban glyphosate, increase insect protection

By |september 5th, 2019|agriculture, animal welfare, CAP, common agricultural policy, German Farmers' Association (DBV), Germany, glyphosate, insects, News, pesiticides|

The German government wants to protect insects better and completely ban the controversial weedkiller glyphosate by 2023. It also intends to introduce an animal welfare label, and unlock additional funds for CAP measures that are environmentally friend...

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