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  In my previous blog, I introduced 10 reasons why you should not feed your family organic food as a means to open up a rational debate. With these further 10 reasons, I want you to reconsider your position on the use of crop protection substances: Have you been manipulated by good story-tellers? Have the… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  Recently the Mommy-bloggers paid by the organic industry lobby have been hitting the scientific and corporate communities quite hard with fear campaigns and ‘if you love your children’ guilt trips. Money is pouring in from all angles and even Hollywood stars are reading from their prepared scripts: “Pesticides and GMOs = evil”, and “Organic… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

  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

I have studied the EU, in theory and in practice, on a daily basis for years now and I am glad to have been invited to various European universities in cities such as Brussels, Bucharest and Cluj, to deliver lectures to their students about EU communication techniques. Over 7 years ago I launched a blog… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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

  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

Guest blog post by Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman of Cable Europe. If the European Commission was aiming for high visibility with the Digital Single Market Strategy, they certainly hit their mark. Before the full text of the document was even published, the topic had been embraced by mainstream media with debate stretching way beyond the… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

  Many in industry and government get attacked quite often by activists or journalists with claims and allegations that are often outrageous, slanderous or simply ridiculous. As facts don’t matter and evidence is not necessary for those with an agenda, how you respond is the essential means to shape the public perception and trust of… » read more

  Posted by The Risk-Monger

EU Community is developing several tools to identify relevant experts and key documents in the EU legislative process. EURACTORY – Identifies the relevant experts EurActory identifies relevant experts and key stakeholders on EU policy-making. EurActory’s beta version was presented at the European Parliament on 29 January 2015. More than 150 invitees confirmed their interest in… » read more

  Posted by EU Community

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