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Thursday, 19 October 2017

On 9 September, the European Commission proposed rules to combat the estimated €12 billion of damage caused every year to EU farming and infrastructure by invasive animal and plant species.

If biofuels received no EU policy support, the price of food stuffs such as vegetable oil would be 50% lower in Europe by 2020 than at present – and 15% lower elsewhere in the world – according to new research by the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), quoted by EurActiv, and published on 5 September.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Concern in Africa over genetically modified (GM) crops has been dismissed as “fear of the unknown”  in a report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), which was published on 4 September.

Monday, 09 September 2013

Developing countries should encourage small scale agriculture in order to improve nutrition, reduce poverty, and enhance development, instead of focusing on the possible advantages of heavily processed food, Kanayo Nwanze, the president of  International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, which has recently taken place in Accra (Ghana).

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

In September, the European Commission is due to present a roadmap on organic agriculture. The document will focus on strengthening the monitoring system of organic certification and label and the issue of the impact of GMOs.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

In an interview with CTA Brussels following the Brussels Briefing on "Geography of food: reconnecting with origin in the food system" - held in Brussels on 15th May 2013 -, Marie-Paule Rizo, Head of the Industrial Design and Geographical Indications Law Section at WIPO (The World Intellectual Property Organization) highlighted the key elements for establishing a successful scheme for protecting geographical indications and traditional products.

Monday, 05 August 2013

The introduction and strengthening of short food chains is on the European Commission’s agenda, as part of the EU Common Agricultural Policy reform, The Guardian informs. In January 2014, the directorate general for agriculture and rural development is due to present the European Parliament a new labelling scheme for the producers who want to market their produce locally.

Thursday, 01 August 2013

Open until 1 October 2013, a public consultation headed by the European Commission on the "Sustainability of the Food System" seeks to get feedback from the public and relevant industries regarding the question "How can we move towards a more resource efficient and sustainable food system?"

Thursday, 25 July 2013

A rise in autumn planting of cereals, and favourable weather conditions in recent months, especially in the South of Europe, are likely to see a higher EU cereals harvest this year that could bring market relief and higher stocks in marketing year 2013/14, according to the Commission's Summer 2013 Short Term Agricultural Outlook published at the beginning of July.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Following its accession to the European Union on 1st of July 2013, Croatia will be given a financial envelope for direct payments in agriculture in value of 373 million euros annually.