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Precision agriculture: animated infographic explains how it revolutionises farming in Europe

Precision agriculture may revolutionise the future of farming in Europe. We have developed an animated infographic to guide you through precision agriculture’s potential and the risks it poses. Continue reading

What if intensification of farming could enhance biodiversity? [Science and Technology Podcast]

Written by Lieve Van Woensel with James Tarlton, Could introducing more precision agriculture in Europe allow us to obtain food resilience, while ensuring sustainability and jobs, and taking into account the EU’s wide agricultural diversity? Precision agriculture (PA), or precision farming, involves using technology to improve the ratio between agricultural output (usually food) and agricultural … Continue reading

Does organic mean healthier?

Written by Nera Kuljanic and Liliana Cunha Do you regularly shop for organic products? Do you think they are ‘healthier for you’ compared to conventionally grown food? If you are unsure, do not be surprised. It is a very complex topic and science is not yet in a position to give a simple overall answer … Continue reading

Measures to support dairy farmers after the end of EU milk quotas

Written by Francesco Tropea Milk is produced in every EU Member State and EU milk production is growing. As the leading worldwide exporter of many dairy products, the EU is a major player in the global dairy market; within the Union, dairy is an essential agricultural sector with significant economic, social and territorial importance. For … Continue reading

EP’s last plenary session: heating up for the summer

Written by Tessa Tumbrägel Parliament is gearing up for the last plenary session before the summer recess, taking place in Strasbourg from 6-9 July. Items on the agenda include circular economy and green jobs, TTIP, the EU Emissions Trading System, copyright harmonisation, the 2016 budget and external affairs. MEPs will also have the opportunity to quiz … Continue reading

Organic Food

Written by Giulio Sabbati and Ivana Katsarova Organic production is an overall system of farm management and food production that aims at sustainable agriculture, high-quality products and the use of processes that do not harm the environment, human, plant or animal health and welfare. Globally, 43.1 million hectares of agricultural land was under organic production … Continue reading

Our world, our future – Expo Milano and the European Year for Development 2015

Written by Astrid Klaver and Tessa Tumbrägel Nearly a billion people around the world live in extreme poverty and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) estimates that 805 million people are chronically undernourished. These pressing issues are addressed at Expo Milano – which opens today – and in the context of the European Year … Continue reading

Expo Milano 2015

Written by Astrid Klaver, Maria Kollarova and Ana Martinez Juan The World Expo traditionally addresses a specific theme to demonstrate the progress achieved and showcase future prospects, with the purpose of educating the public. The Universal Exhibition ‘Expo Milano 2015 ‘ is themed ‘ Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life ‘. It will focus on the … Continue reading

Les productions “bio” et l’Union européenne

Écrit par Jean Weissenberger L’agriculture biologique se veut respectueuse des cycles naturels, en excluant le recours aux organismes génétiquement modifiés, en limitant l’usage de produits chimiques de synthèse et en assurant le bien-être des animaux. La production biologique, règlementée et soutenue au niveau de l’UE, est contrôlée, certifiée et labellisée. Le cahier des charges s’adapte … Continue reading

Olive oil sector

Written by Ana Martinez Juan The European Union (EU) is the largest producer (accounting almost three quarters) and consumer (accounting two thirds) of the olive oil in the world. Olive growing is a feature of sociocultural life in many Mediterranean regions. Olive trees are grown in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Cyprus, Slovenia and Malta. … Continue reading

Russian measures against European Union agricultural products

Written by Ana Martinez Juan Updated on 10 October 2014 The legal basis for the European Union (EU) relations with the Russian Federation is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which came into force on 1 December 1997 and regulates the political and economic relations between the two parties. In this context, and regarding trade exchanges, Russia … Continue reading

Sustainable management of natural resources

Will we be able to feed the world if our population reaches 10 billion people? UN population projections suggest that the population will reach ten billion between 2050 and 2100. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has estimated that food production has to rise 60% over the next 40 years to feed a growing population … Continue reading

Small Farms

In 2015 farmers will have the possibility to opt for the small farmers’ scheme, which will regroup into one lump-sum  all direct payments for approximately 2,3 million eligible farms, whose support does not exceed €1 250. The European Parliament resolution on the future of small agricultural holdings highlights the role of small farms in preserving Europe’s countryside and biodiversity, as well as … Continue reading

Aquaculture in the EU

In Europe, aquaculture accounts for about 20% of fish production and directly employs some 70 000 people. EU overall output has been more or less constant in volume since 2000 whereas global production has been growing at nearly 7% per year. Concerning the products, EU aquaculture production is renowned for its high quality, sustainability and … Continue reading

Future of small farms

Small farms have always been a cornerstone of agriculture in the EU. They play a significant role in supporting rural employment, contributing to territorial development. They are important for production, particularly in the form of local specialist products and provide important social, cultural and environmental services. The last enlargements in 2004 and 2007 brought small … Continue reading

Tackling food waste: The EU’s contribution to a global issue

Updated on 30/11/2016 Written by Ivana Katsarova, In spite of the availability of food, there is still malnutrition in the world. Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final consumers. In developed countries, a significant amount of food is wasted at the consumption stage, meaning that it … Continue reading

Fighting food fraud

The horsemeat scandal, which hit the EU at the beginning of 2013, put the European food sector under the spotlight. Tests carried out in the wake of the crisis revealed that public health was not at risk and that this was a case of food fraud rather than food safety. However, the episode dented consumer … Continue reading

Opportunity for food security in Africa? The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN)

With the number of under-nourished people on the African continent still rising, the G8’s recent New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) initiative is attracting more and more African states. Bringing together governments from both the North and the South, multinational firms and international agencies, it aims to boost investment in African agriculture so … Continue reading

Local agriculture and short food supply chains

Local agriculture and short food supply chains have economic, social and cultural benefits for farmers, consumers and rural areas in general. This sector increases the income of farmers and the consumption of fresh and relatively unprocessed food, brings consumers and farmers closer, engages public institutions in its promotion, helps to strengthen rural-urban linkages (particularly in … Continue reading

Seeds and other plant reproductive material: Towards new EU rules

The European Commission (EC) has proposed a Regulation aimed at simplifying and updating the existing body of EU legislation on the production and marketing of plant reproductive material (PRM), including seeds. It forms part of a wider legislative package on controls of plant and animal health. At present, in order to be sold in the … Continue reading

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