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GROWTH - 4 November 2022

FARM TO FORK NEWSLETTER: THE FERTILIZERS HEADACHE

In the midst of the price and energy crisis and the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian war on the food market, the Commission is about to publish a communication on fertilizers (on November 9th). According to some rumors, the Commission will call on national capitals to ensure supplies of gas for fertilizers manufacturers, and encourage to […]

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FOOD CHAIN - 3 November 2022

LIVESTOCK IN THE EU – A DECLINING MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTION

The European Commission’s short-term outlook – Autumn 2022 edition – shows that production of meat and dairy products in the European Union is expected to decline this year, and the following one. Persistently high feed costs and African swine fever (ASF) continue to limit the growth of EU pigmeat production. Beef production is expected to […]

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FOOD CHAIN - 2 November 2022

NUTRITION & HEALTH : EU label legislation postponed

As the expectations around the Commission’s proposal about a EU-wide nutritional labelling systems are getting higher, many events are being organized around this topic. However, the Commission seems that it will postpone this legislative initiative at a later stage of 2023 considering the ‘complexity’ of the issue and the fact that more time is needed […]

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SUSTAINABILITY - 2 November 2022

NEW GENOMIC TECHNIQUES: PATHS OPEN TO NEW LEGISLATION, SUPPORT AND RISK ASSESMENTS

Outside the EU, states like Kenya and Ukraine open up to the possibility to have a more flexible legislation around genetic engineering techniques. Within the EU, the French organization for biotechnology pushes for a stronger use of new genomic techniques to assure food security and face the climate challenges. At the same time, EFSA developed […]

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FOOD CHAIN - 5 October 2022

NUTRITION & HEALTH : CONSENSUS FOR A NEW ALGORITHM

Over the summer, the scientific committee in charge of NutriScore, the front-of-pack nutritional labelling systems in used in 6 EU countries agreed on changing the algorithm behind the scoring system. The changes concern the calculation of fats and oilseeds, and a specific rule for red meat. On the same front, Italy upgraded the national nutritional […]

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RESILIENCE - 5 October 2022

FARM TO FORK STRATEGY: FERTILIZER AND PPP LEAD THE DISCUSSIONS IN PRAGUE

During the informal meeting of agriculture ministers held in Prague, Commissioner Wojciechowski hinted to the need for the EU to have a fertilizer strategy, notably in this time of agricultural price crisis. On the revision of the use of plant protection products, some delegations led by the Polish one strongly asked for an effective revision […]

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SUSTAINABILITY - 3 October 2022

NEW GENOMIC TECHNIQUES: SAFETY REQUIREMENTS VITAL TO GMO OPENNESS

After the informal AgriCouncil in Prague middle of September, EU ministers seemed to be particularly open to the new modifications of the EU legislations on GMO, assuring solid impact assessment and safety as the top priority. In Austria, an NGO guides a pan-European on-line petition to keep the status quo on GMO regulations, fearing that […]

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FOOD CHAIN - 2 September 2022

LIVESTOCK IN THE EU – PERIODIC NEWS

The Russian-Ukrainian crisis continues to have a strong impact on agricultural markets. Trapped between soaring production costs and declining consumer purchasing power, European livestock farmers and animal feed producers face difficulties to plan ahead. Prolonged animal disease outbreaks and the increase in grain prices caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine are expected to reduce […]

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