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sustainable agriculture

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Plant protection products: Friend or foe of future farming?

The STOA workshop ‘Farming without agro-chemicals’, which took place on 6 March 2019, gave participants an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the impact of plant protection products (PPPs) on food production, and the perspectives of all the different stakeholders in the discussion on PPPs were explored. Continue reading

Farming without plant protection products

Food security and healthy food for 11 billion people by 2100 is one of the biggest challenges of this century. It is one of the most important, if not the most important, human rights, and any agricultural system has to fulfil this requirement within the planetary sustainability boundaries. Continue reading

Consumers of chocolate [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for people with consumers of chocolate. Continue reading

Ten more technologies which could change our lives

Written by Christian Kurrer, with James Tarlton Technological developments, even those still at an early stage, could massively impact our lives in the very short- or longer-term future. To draw attention to ten specific technologies, but also to promote further reflection about other innovations, EPRS is publishing ‘Ten more technologies which could change our lives‘ … 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

Organic production and labelling of organic products

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal which was adopted on 24 March 2014. The first EU legislation on organic farming was adopted in 19911 and substantially revised in 20072. Amongst other things, this revision introduced the possibility … 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

Public Goods

The expression “public goods” has been part of rural policy discourse for most of the last two decades.  The core features of a public good (or service) are non-rival consumption (i.e. one person’s consumption does not affect that of another) and non-excludability (i.e. it is impossible, or extremely costly, to prevent consumption). According to the … Continue reading

What is your food eco-footprint?

This video clip ‘Food Eco-Footprint’ explains how our food eco-footprint is the consequence of the food we eat, and how it is produced and the rate by which it is consumed, which also creates an interconnection between food consumption and climate change. In its broadest sense an eco-footprint represents the amount of land and water … Continue reading

2014 CAP transitional measures

6 language versions available in PDF format Übergangsmaßnahmen für die GAP 2014 Medidas transitorias de la PAC para 2014 Mesures transitoires proposées dans le cadre de la PAC pour 2014 Misure transitorie della PAC nel 2014 Wspólna polityka rolna – środki przejściowe 2014 2014 CAP transitional measures In October 2011, the European Commission presented a … 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

Common Agricultural Policy after 2013: What will change

The 50-year old Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is heading for a new reform to tackle current challenges such as climate change, food security and sustainable management of natural resources. Over the years, it has moved away from supporting market prices to supporting producers’ income and rural development, while imposing rules for the protection of the … Continue reading

L’Union européenne et l’agriculture durable

Confrontée aux besoins alimentaires d’une population croissante, l’agriculture mondiale doit faire face à de multiples enjeux (économiques, écologiques et sociaux). Selon les estimations, il faudrait, pour répondre à ces besoins, parvenir d’ici à 2050 à une augmentation de 70% de la production agricole mondiale. Parce qu’elle a notamment pour objectifs de promouvoir la production d’aliments … Continue reading

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