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Guest post by Garlich Von Essen, Secretary General of the European Seed Association (ESA) 2016. Like any New Year, this one as well starts with high expectations and many solemn declarations. Most of them are rather personal and ambitious ones, like quitting smoking or running the next Brussels Marathon. By contrast, it seems that Europe… » read more

  Posted by Trade Talk

La agricultura siempre ha sido considerada como una actividad poco tecnológica y tecnificada (aunque dicha percepción está cambiando), donde los agricultores con sus propias manos trabajan un terreno duro, cuidándolo y mimándolo. Agricultores que gracias a su trabajo consiguen producir alimentos de calidad de a partir de manejar a la perfección las herramientas a su… » read more

  Posted by The challenges facing the CAP

Last month’s Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) was an exemplary moment in the history of stupid. A dismal failure, the much anticipated climate event did not produce any binding treaty, any strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its toothless “non-adversarial and non-punitive” accord essentially put climate decisions on the back-burner until after 2050. Rather… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  The following is Part 3 of a ten-part blog on governance to be serialised over the holidays. How to Deal with Stupid, essentially a policy pamphlet, will examine how stupid has been able to rise, be used by clever manipulators to achieve legislative success and what can be done to begin to return stupid… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  I am sure there are days when the Food Babe, Vani Hari, must close her laptop, look out of her living room window and marvel: How is it that a woman with a diploma in computer science and without any education in toxicology, chemistry or nutrition could become a global leader in diet and… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The following is Part 1 of a ten-part blog on governance to be serialised over the holidays. Today our personal decision-making process is strongly influenced by the latest social media applications yet EU and American government policy mechanisms, developed in the last century, have not been adapted to these communications tools. This discrepancy has created… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The looming threat of ‘Brexit’ – Britain leaving the European Union – was the unavoidable theme of EurActiv’s first roundtable event on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to be held in the UK. A packed-out gathering of EU-interested stakeholders in Westminster on 5 November joined five expert speakers in discussing: ‘CAP in the UK: How… » read more

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  It is commonly believed that organic farmers do not use pesticides and that organic food is therefore safer to consume than conventionally farmed fruit and vegetables. In a UK poll, 95% of the consumers bought organic food because they wanted to avoid consuming pesticides. This belief could not be further from the truth. The… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

As we watch the mainstream media come up with excuses for the IARC monograph that showed, without a shadow of a doubt, that prepared meats and sausages are carcinogenic (Group 1 = carcinogenic), we should take a moment to reflect on why our news sources have become so inconsistent when it comes to reporting on… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Oceana condemns the decision by the EU Fisheries Council on Baltic catch limits for 2016 Today, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU reached an agreement on the 2016 total allowable catches (TAC) for the Baltic Sea fish stocks. Regretfully, just like the last year, European ministers have yet again decided to ignore scientific… » read more

  Posted by Oceana Europe

Industrial agriculture has a massive problem. Never before has so much food been produced. Yet despite this, there are more than 800 million people who are malnourished and the basic resources for our food like soil, water and biodiversity are increasingly lost. Monocultures and factory farming adorn our countryside, needing permanent intensive care with all… » read more

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