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Three Big European Parliament Votes Rock Corporate Ag

Fertilizer, herbicide and GM crops. 24th October 2017 saw not one but three significant votes in the European Parliament on each of these topics. Considering how these plenary votes went, it may be the case that, when it comes to agri-food policy matters, the tide is turning. So what happened, and what's next? [...]

1 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

CAP Clashes as Communication Approaches

With the date for the CAP communication fast approaching, protagonists antagonise each other while the Commission indicates that it may - in actual fact - do little of substance. [...]

8 October, 2017 // 0 Comments

4 Instruments, 1 Pillar & a Move to Food – EEB on CAP

Four new policy instruments have been proposed by the EEB - the European Environmental Bureau - for a future CAP. These instruments are put forward for use in the areas of ecosystems, rural development, healthy food and sustainable farming. [...]

12 September, 2017 // 0 Comments

Itai-itai! Cadmium, Mineral Fertilizers & a Tale of Two Reports

“Itai-Itai!” is the name of a disease that emerged in the early 20th Century in Japan, due to cadmium poisoning. The EU has been trying, unsuccessfully, to reduce cadmium exposure in its citizens for years. The source of cadmium contamination of European soil? Mineral fertilizers. [...]

6 August, 2017 // 0 Comments

Fair Food Trading in the EU – have your say

Who's got the power in the food system? A process is in motion to better understand and potentially change power relations and unfair trading practices in the production, distribution and consumption of food in the EU.You can contribute. For more, read on... [...]

28 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

July CAP briefing | Council, Stakeholders & Co-Financing

Progress towards a CAP Communication is ongoing, with two events recently. These have updated Minister and other stakeholders of the progress towards a making changes in the Common Agricultural Policy - CAP. They have also providing an opportunity to test the popularity of ideas and make the case for sector positions. Here's our July CAP roundup. [...]

19 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

Important Access to Land Consultation Closing Soon

Progress is being made towards land access - and against land concentration - in the EU, with a consultation by the Finance Directorate General.You can read the DG FISMA consultation document and submit your own feedback. Closing date for submissions is very soon - the 7th July. [...]

5 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

New EU Organic Regulation Agreed

A preliminary agreement has been reached after 20 months of trilogue negotiations between EU Commission, Council of Ministers and European Parliament for a new organic regulation. The main outstanding issues, which delayed agreement for so long have either been settled or deferred. Here's what this means. [...]

29 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

Crucial EFA Pesticide Vote in Parliament Wednesday

A vote in the European Parliament this coming Wednesday 14th June will be crucial in deciding whether pesticides will be banned from Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). It is a simple majority vote by MEPs, and it is likely to be tight. Here we outline what you can do, make the case for keeping pesticides out of EFAs, and myth bust some common misconceptions on pesticides and EFAs. [...]

11 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

COMAGRI Rejects Commission’s Pesticides & EFA Proposal

MEPs on the Agriculture Committee (COMAGRI) have rejected a proposal by the EU Commission to ban pesticides from Ecological Focus Areas. The proposal was part of a simplification initiative by the EU Commission, whereby a bundle of 14 changes in CAP greening rules were put forward. [...]

6 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

European Rural Sustainability Gathering 2017

The European Rural Sustainability Gathering 2017 - social economy, cooperatives and grassroots initiatives in rural Greece - begins tomorrow. We'll keep you updated during the event on social media - facebook and twitter - and with detailed, dedicated articles after the event. Here's all you need to know for now. [...]

16 May, 2017 // 0 Comments

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