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In this ongoing Storified article, we will be covering how the EU’s reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) supports sustainable food supply, environmental protection, innovation and growth. Stay tuned for more, or follow @eaAgriculture and #CapOnTheGround. [View the story “The new CAP: stories from the ground” on Storify] The Storify can also be accessed here: https://storify.com/euractiv/the-new-cap-stories-from-on-the-ground

  Posted by The challenges facing the CAP

  Last week EFSA released three studies on the foliar (sprayed) applications of three neonicotinoids related to bee health, and the results surprised no one. The only surprising result from their three almost copy-pasted press releases, all concluding lack of sufficient data and a possible risk to bee health, is that the civil servants in… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

This is the third part of a series that looked at how emphasising the hazard-based approach to regulations has led to irrational decisions and the rise of the contrapreneur’s agenda to return to some pre-industrial ideal world where we lived risk-free with nature. I ended by questioning how this incoherent policy agenda could succeed in… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  Let me start this follow-up blog with some definitions: Entrepreneur: One who takes risks, creates opportunities and seeks to innovate and solve problems Contrapreneur: One who is risk averse, creates fears and seeks to inhibit innovation (identified as the cause of problems) In yesterday’s blog, we considered how the strategy of pushing for hazard-based… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

The first-ever EU global fishing transparency website, www.whofishesfar.org shows that 15,264 EU vessels were authorised to fish outside EU waters between 2010 and 2014 29th July 2015: Today, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana and WWF heralded a new era of fisheries transparency with the launch of an online database detailing 15,264 EU vessels authorised… » read more

  Posted by Oceana Europe

Where Is This Soya?

Have any of you ever heard of the Danube Soya Initiative…? That’s what I thought. It is Europe’s most significant (and only) attempt to boost conventional non-GM soya production in countries along the banks of the Danube River. Why do we need to boost the production you ask? Because European farmers and our animals are… » read more

  Posted by Trade Talk

  When speaking on food issues, I sometimes poll participants with questions like how many would buy a black banana. Only a few, usually those suspicious of me, would raise their hands. Even though we know that a banana is at its most nutritious when it turns black, we resist this rationality and follow the… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

This is a guest blog post by Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director of Oceana in Europe. Oceana is the world’s largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. For more contributions from Oceana Europe go to http://oceana.blogactiv.eu/. Which animal protein requires no fresh water, produces little carbon dioxide, doesn’t require arable land and provides healthy… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

  The Risk-Monger spent the day on a large Belgian farm having the opportunity to see the challenges and opportunities farmers are presently facing. I was able to tour the fields and barns, hear how they are trying to address sustainability questions. I was impressed but I could not help thinking how the idealists (those… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  There are two toxic pesticides: Rotenone and Azadirachtin, that need to be banned in order to ensure the safety of humans, bees and the environment. There is insufficient data on either of these toxins yet they are tolerated on American and European markets merely because they are natural bio-pesticides used by organic farmers. A… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

Kathleen Garnett “…. one of the key challenges as a legislator is to know how to make laws and regulate in the face of emerging technologies in situations where science appears to be questioned by either deeply-rooted conservative groups, societal opposition or for any other reason.” Arūnas Vinčiūnas, Head of Cabinet to Health Commissioner Vytenis… » read more

  Posted by EU Perspectives

  Dear Kumi, I know you are a person who wishes to portray a resolute strength of character, whether it is in your friendship with Nelson Mandela or your struggle against apartheid (from Oxford) or your taking over the leadership of Greenpeace at this important turning point in the organisation’s history. But history will judge… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  From the time I was young, I was taught that labelling was bad. It was a means to restrict, pigeon-hole and limit someone or something. Labels were stigmatising and undesired. At the same time, labels were informative – it helped those intellectually challenged (most of us) to understand and take decisions (and for risk… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

If I were to ask you the question, ‘What is a banana?’ I very much doubt many of you would earnestly answer ‘Well, to me, a banana is a symbol of political freedom in Europe’. I even doubt any of you would even respond that a banana is a luxury food. Today, in Western Europe… » read more

  Posted by Trade Talk

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