The Week's Top Tweets

Tweets of the Week – 11/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. Industry lobby wants to weaken the EU water law, writes @Florence_Schu for @EURACTIVBerlin. As govs. get set to discuss the #WFD evaluation this pm, we urge them to stay 💪in the face of industry pressure.English👉 @bund_net @NABU_Biodiv — WWF EU (@WWFEU) March 5, 2020 This is fascinating by Marina O'Connell of The Apricot Centre in Devon – a summary of her Masters thesis where she looked at the link between different farming systems and mental health. Read on #WickedLeeks — Nina Pullman (@nina_pullman) March 5, 2020 This is a truly amazing chart – a snapshot of what we have and what our plants need Worth a minute or two of anyone’s time to digest it – from @DrTrevorDines — James Rebanks (@herdyshepherd1) March 4, 2020 The original chart (and explanation of it) is published in our @Love_plants rewilding position statement here — Trevor the […]

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Nothing “mini” about U.S. Plan to Unravel Europe’s Precautionary Principle

The real goal of the United States and European Union’s so-called “mini-deal” on trade is unambiguous and goes to the heart of Europe’s way of life and approach to the rule of law. U.S. trade negotiators, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and American farm interests have all been crystal clear: the precautionary principle must go, and now is the time to finally axe it. […]

Latest from Brussels

Food Fight – The Farm to Fork Strategy vs CAP

The Farm2Fork strategy is out for consultation at present, closing on 16th March. It is self-described as a sustainable food strategy is key to achieving the goals of the EU’s Green Deal. This strategy “sets out the regulatory and non-regulatory measures needed to create more efficient, climate-smart systems that provide healthy food, while securing a decent living for EU farmers and fishermen.” So how is the process unfolding, and how does – or will – it relate to the CAP?  […]

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3,600 Scientists Call For CAP Overhaul

Today, over 3,600 scientists from all EU countries have together declared that the post-2020 CAP fails to reverse damage to the environment and restore nature and must be “drastically improved.” Addressing the European Parliament, Council and Commission they argue for a future-proof, evidence-based CAP, proposing ten action points, to ensure biodiversity conservation, climate mitigation and sustainable food production.    […]

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Reviewing Ecological Focus Areas: A Cross Pollination of Ideas

Insect pollinators continue to decline across Europe despite the Common Agricultural Policy’s increased focus on environmental protection. In response, a group of experts are calling for the improved quality of wildlife habitats through more targeted management and a robust monitoring framework, and a diversity of habitats to meet the resource requirements of our pollinating insects. […]

The Week's Top Tweets

Tweets of the Week – 10/2020

Very useful study looking at the benefits and costs of a range of poultry welfare measures. — Derrick Wilkinson (@DGWilkinson) February 28, 2020 LEAK: EU’s Farm to Fork strategy will be based on five key targets — EURACTIV Agri & Food (@eaAgriFood) March 2, 2020 "Dark chocolate, whole-fat dairy, and unprocessed meat, have a relatively high saturated-fat content but show no association with increased cardiovascular risk". Group of nutrition scientists argue current limits on saturated fat no longer justified — Alan Matthews (@xAlan_Matthews) March 2, 2020 While Germany is being sued by the EU Commission for excessive nitrate levels in groundwater, a new study has linked agriculture with groundwater pollution. Berlin is working on tightening its fertilisation regulations.@EURACTIVBerlin reports. — EURACTIV Agri & Food (@eaAgriFood) February 28, 2020 Undiplomatic, alarming attack by US Amb to @FAO on FAO's approved Scaling Up Agroecology Program: "an explicit rejection of the very idea of progress – extolling 'peasant' farming & promoting 'the right to subsistence' agriculture." Speech available here: — Timothy A. Wise (@TimothyAWise) […]

Latest from EU Member States

France Sees World’s Biggest Increase in Organic Land Area

The organic market in France was worth E 9.1 billion in 2018, according to “The World of Organic Agriculture 2020” which comes out every February. Organic land area in France grew by 16.7% in 2018 – a huge increase for a single year. This growth of 290,000 hectares brings France to 2.04 million hectares, now second only to Spain in Europe, and the sixth highest land area farmed organically in the world. […]