Posted on 11/12/2017 - By Joao Pacheco

The recent agreement between the European Commission and the UK on the first phase of the Brexit negotiations is good news. Assuming that Brexit is not reversible, having the best possible understanding on the future relationship is in the interest of the EU27 and its agri-food sector. The agreement on the first phase opens up […]

Posted on 07/04/2017 - By Luc Vernet & Valeria D'Agostino

This week, the European Parliament voted on a report “calling on the European Commission to take measures to ensure among others the phasing out of palm oil in biofuels by 2020 and a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market”. This report tackled the highly debated issue of imported palm oil, and […]

Posted on 06/04/2017 - By Joao Pacheco

Dark clouds are gathering over the horizon, and they are not promising healthy showers. They rather risk bringing a storm that is gaining strength around the new US Administration intentions. A border adjustment tax, or an internal revenue tax mechanism, is being considered to promote exports and tax imports. Another tool being examined would tackle […]

Posted on 12/03/2017 - By Joao Pacheco

 This question is on the minds of many, farmers and others in the agri-food sector alike. They question whether it is worthwhile to start debating, preparing a new CAP reform when the current policy is barely on its third year of implementation. That does not mean that people think the current policy offers full satisfaction. […]

Posted on 08/03/2017 - By Valeria D'Agostino

Today, in our society, the safeguard of the ecosystem as a common good is an issue, which is becoming every day more relevant. Being an activity with a notable correlation to environmental issues, food safety, health and respect for animal welfare, animal husbandry deserves particular attention in order to guarantee both its economic and environmental […]

Posted on 13/02/2017 - By Yves Madre & Pieter Devuyst

Meeting the future demand for food will largely depend on the ability of the farming sector to increase its production by improving its productivity. Essentially, an improvement in agricultural productivity means that less input is needed to produce the same amount (or more) of output. In other words, this means that farmers are faced with […]

Posted on 14/12/2016 - By Joao Pacheco

Since the election of Donald Trump as the new US President the troubles facing big trade deals have reached a new stage. The TPP was already before the election under strong opposition in the US Congress. Any hopes that he might still be ratified in the “lame duck season” have faded away, and its future […]

Posted on 08/12/2016 - By Valeria D'Agostino

On November 30, the European Commission finally detailed the new clean energy package of measures. Among the new proposals, it was announced the inclusion of targets to substantially increase the use of advanced  biofuels in the transport fuel mix between 2020 and 2030, while reducing the EU ceiling for first generation biofuels (e.g. biodiesel from rapeseed & bioethanol […]

Posted on 02/12/2016 - By Horacio Aleman

Undoubtedly, there is nowadays a growing sentiment towards food and its effects on health. People are worried about health risks related to certain foods. In practice, the selective approach that is prevailing, focuses exclusively on nutrition, putting aside other considerations – culture, sociology, genetics, environment, employment, economics and internal market – that are also crucial […]

Posted on 17/10/2016 - By Farm Europe

Opening Speechof the Global Food Forum By Mario Guidi, The Global Food Forum is a place to speak frankly, in our own name. It is a place to leave at the door the usual ready-made speeches – the Line To Take as we say in Brussels. We are here in Pavia, at the heart of […]