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Nedaa Salama’s PowerPoint slides are captivating but I don’t want to look at them. As she addresses the full room of researchers, policymakers, project leaders and media representatives in her native Arabic, I only have eyes for her. This is a repost of RUWOMED and the economic empowerment of women in rural Palestine and Lebanon,… » read more

  Posted by Europe in My Region

Thoughts from Lausanne

Guest blog post by Franc Bogovic MEP. I recently accepted an invitation from Nestlé to visit their research facilities in Lausanne. Food looks deceptively simple. People are making yoghurts, biscuits, ice creams for ages. The processes are always the same: boiling, steaming, churning, drying, freezing… Nothing high tech about it. And yet, why is Nestlé… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

How to Stop Wasting Food

October 16th was World Food Day, so it’s the perfect time to bite into the topic. Wasting food is a major global problem. So, are there any ways to solve it? This is a repost of Marnowanie jedzenia – jak rozwiązać ten problem?, originally published by Janusz Mizerny (Facebook, Instagram, Google+) after the European Week… » read more

  Posted by Europe in My Region

(Photo credit: Olivier Hoslet/EPA/Newscom) Big non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Greenpeace can have enormous impact on people’s perceptions of environmental issues. Their campaign against genetically modified foods is a good example. However, when they use that influence to further their own agenda, rather than the public good, it can have very serious consequences. Businesses all over… » read more

  Posted by Politheor: European Policy Network

This is the sixth date in the series La Valle d’Aosta agli occhi dei valdostani (Aosta Valley as seen by its inhabitants). This is a repost of Tascapan: dall’ecommerce alla rete di imprese. Dove porta la passione per il proprio territorio?, originally published by Agnieszka Stokowiecka (@ciekawaosta, Facebook, Google+, Instagram), and submitted to the Europe… » read more

  Posted by Europe in My Region

MEP Franc Bogovic is Member of the European Parliament since 2014. He represents the Slovenian People’s Party (SLS) in the European People’s Party (EPP) Political Group in the European Parliament. He is a substitute at the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. He was the Minister for agriculture and environment in the tenth Government of… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Eszter Hidas, WWF European Policy Office. It is not surprising that the world’s largest Seafood Expo takes place in Europe every year – indeed, this reflects the fact that the EU is the world’s number 1 destination for seafood exports. With this position of course comes great responsibility, and the Expo,… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Genval, 4th April, 2016 – Yes, it would, because – strangely enough – this time the industry is asking for more regulation: public health and consumer protection NGOs are united with processed food industry giants on the ban of industrially produced trans fats. Since this is a strange alliance of organisations usually having conflicting (private… » read more

  Posted by EU ZMK's Diary

  Two studies came out (just in time for Pesticide Action Week) that question the cost to society of pesticides and other chemicals. The logic is simple: Chemicals cost societies billions of dollars, therefore removing them would save money. I am a little troubled by such a simplistic view – like any statistical analysis, you… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  The last blog looked at ten reasons why glyphosate is the herbicide of the century. So why then, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence and clear environmental and social benefits, is this product on the verge of having its authorisation removed? The NGO activists and pro-organic lobbyists have led a formidable campaign that started a… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The following is the first of a two-part blog looking at how a corrupt unethical campaign against an essential agricultural product is succeeding in the EU. This first part will look at why glyphosate is such a good product for farmers; the second part will demonstrate how environmental NGOs, activist scientists, organic lobbyists and IARC… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Guest blog post by Sebastian Emig, Director General of the European Snacks Association (ESA).   Last week the Netherlands EU Presidency organised a High Level Conference on Food Product Improvement and presented a “Roadmap for action” establishing the initial steps towards a more concerted action at European level. The European Snacks Association (ESA) is among… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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