Despite plans to ban glyphosate, its sales in France increase by 10%

By |januar 13th, 2020|agriculture, Ecophyto, environment protection, farmers, France, News, pesticide ban, Pesticides, pesticides-free zones|

Despite France's campaign against glyphosate and a plan to ban it in a majority of agricultural practices by the end of 2020, the world's most commonly used weedkiller saw its sales volumes soar by 10% in the country in 2018.

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Future of France’s organic products may lie in hands of large supermarkets

By |januar 8th, 2020|agriculture, distribution, France, News, organic farming, Organic food, organic products, supermarket chains|

If the production of organic products continues to grow every year in France, mass distribution will supply even more of these products by 2022, according to an analysis note from the Xerfi Precepta Institute. But could such a development prove to be r...

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French dairy industry ranks first worldwide but farmers don’t reap the benefits

By |januar 8th, 2020|agriculture, CAP, Common Agicultural Policy, dairy sector, farmers, France, milk crisis, News, poverty, precarity|

The concentration of the French dairy industry, which is at the origin of the impoverishment of milk producers, paradoxically ranks the sector above its global competitors, according to a study by France Agrimer. EURACTIV France reports.

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German government seeks to boost dialogue with disgruntled farmers

By |december 3rd, 2019|agriculture, Angela Merkel, farmers, fertiliser regulation, Germany, glyphosate, Julia Klöckner, News, nitrate|

Following the ongoing protests by farmers in recent months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) were invited to attend an agricultural summit yesterday (2 December). They intend to reinforce dialogue with the agricultural sector, once again. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Will Germany’s sheep farming industry die out?

By |november 29th, 2019|agriculture, CAP reform, farmer subsidies, Germany, mother sheep premium, News, sheep farming, shepherds|

Since the German government abolished the mother sheep premium in 2005, shepherds have been suffering financially. But given that 22 other EU member states still award such a premium and since Germany could reintroduce such a bonus at any given time, s...

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40.000 farmers on tractors block Berlin in protest at new agricultural policy

By |november 27th, 2019|agricultural package, agriculture, environmental measures, European Commission, farmers, Germany, groundwater, infringement procedure, Julia Klöckner, News, nitrate levels, organic farming, Svenja Schulze|

Tens of thousands of farmers protested in Berlin on Tuesday (26 November) against the government's new agricultural policy. They complained about increasing environmental protection requirements and falling product prices, which are increasingly damagi...

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German farmers will ‘have to declare bankrupcy’ if CAP direct payments are capped

By |november 26th, 2019|agriculture, Berlin, Brandenburg, CAP, common agricultural policy, direct payments, eco-scheme, environment, farmer, farmers, first pillar, Germany, News, organic farming, second pillar|

From 2021, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is intended to be more closely linked to environmental requirements. But this could lead to large conventional farms facing existential threats. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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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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