New plant-breeding techniques (NBTs): ECJ Advocate General’s preliminary conclusions A first sound and promising basis on which to proceed “Ever since humans have grown plants and raised animals for food, they have selected plants and animals with beneficial traits for further breeding. Such traits reflected naturally occurring genetic variations and resulted, for example, in […]
What should the EU’s Plant Protein Strategy do?
A review of existing CAP measures for protein, oil protein and oilseed crops and market trends What lessons? What next? Policy Briefing, October 2017. In the European Union, the goal of ‘protein independence’, or rather the EU’s heavy reliance on plant protein imports ‒ mainly in the form of soybean meal ‒ which are used […]
UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF THE EU FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN. A BALANCED, COMMON APPROACH TACKLING UTPs
October 2017 1. INTRODUCTION 2016 has been quite productive in terms of debates around the Food Supply Chain at the European level. The issue has been triggered by the Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) instigated by Commissioner Hogan, which examined the position of the farmer in the supply chain, and proposed a number of recommendations […]
AGRICULTURE AS A PROVIDER OF NON-FOOD PRODUCTS
October 2017. The fact that agriculture is a provider of non-food products is not new. Agriculture, including animal rearing and forestry, has traditionally been a source of fibres, fuel, construction and other materials like hides and skins. What is new is the scale and the range of products originating in basic agricultural raw materials, creating […]
Biofuels: surmounting populism for a fact-based policy
October 2017 The European Commission has made a proposal in the context of a revised RED (Renewable Energy Directive) that would phase out to a large extent the production of conventional or first-generation biofuels, produced from EU feedstock. Why are conventional biofuels being targeted for quasi-extinction? Are they not valuable in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, […]
Financial Omnibus: Time has come to be effective in helping farmers to cope with climate risks
October 2017 If we look back on the last decades, no single year has passed without emergency measures being raised and discussed at Council level, with the aim to help farmers to cope with drought, floods, or frost. Climate risks are permanent concerns for European producers, even with additional stress caused by the uncertainty of […]
Double performance of EU agri-food sectors A key condition : Empowering farmers to increase economic stability
Policy Briefing Double performance of EU agri-food sectors A key condition : Empowering farmers to increase economic stability October 2017 For more than two decades the credo of policy-makers (the Commission more than anyone, Council and European Parliament) has been to promote a closer connection between farmers and market change, or, in the terms of […]
FOOD CHAIN, NUTRITION AND WELLBEING. A CALL FOR EU COHERENCE.
Policy Briefing FOOD CHAIN, NUTRITION AND WELLBEING. A CALL FOR EU COHERENCE. October 2017 INTRODUCTION. The European agro food model is constantly evolving and improving, and its relationship with health issues is becoming growingly important. Usually this relationship is perceived mostly in negative terms, or at least in a quiet unidirectional way – nutrition issues-, […]