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25 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
JRC report delay, 2022 agenda, water use
This week, EURACTIV hears reactions from MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen and rapporteur Herbert Dorfmann to the news that the European Commission chose to delay on the publication of their controversial JRC report on the impacts of the Farm to Fork strategy for half a year. We take a look at a leaked draft of the Commission's 2022 work programme to see what's on the menu for the agri sector, and we explore the sustainable use of water in the EU with the help of EURACTIV France's Magdalena Pistorius.
18 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Organic day, impact assessment, UN food summit
This week, EURACTIV’s agrifood team explores the controversy surrounding the UN’s food systems summit with the help of IPES-Food’s Nick Jacobs and Attila Szocs of small farmers association European Coordination Via Campesina, the Commission gets in touch with its hippy side on the Autumn equinox to celebrate the EU’s new Organic Day and EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski teases stakeholders about a new impact assessment on the Farm to Fork strategy
20 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
2 - Antibiotic restrictions, Farm to Fork report, SOTEU
This week, EURACTIV's agrifood team digs deeper into a controversial vote in the Parliament on the European Commission's new delegated act designed to tackle anti-microbial resistance, we talk about Parliament's preliminary approval of their report on the EU's flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, and we explore what Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had to say about the agrifood sector in her State of the Union speech.
32 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
1 - Wildfire prevention, JRC report, CAP vote
Welcome back! This week, EURACTIV explores the ways in which agriculture can part of the solution for preventing wildfires with the help of Claire Mignet, director of the NGO 'Shared Mediterranean Conservatory', journalist Monica Pelliccia, secretary general of Italy's programme for the endorsement of forest certification, Antonio Brunori. We also speak to Joao Pacheco of Farm Europe to hear his take on the controversial Joint Research Centre report which focused on the impact of the the EU's green goals on the agriculture sector.
51 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
41 - A flavour of what's to come: CAP, animal welfare, gene editing
This week, EURACTIV's agrifood team reflects on the biggest stories from this 'school' year and the fun to come after the summer break, and we speak with Green MEP Sarah Wiener on turkey welfare and Professor Doreen Boyd from the University of Nottingham on how satellite technology can help monitor labour exploitation in agriculture
21 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
40 - Fit for 55, carbon farming & Slovenian Presidency
The EURACTIV agrifood team speaks about the Fit for 55, the European Commission's package of energy and climate laws designed to cut carbon emissions by 55% before the end of the decade, and its implications for the agrifood sector, and we talk about the agricultural priorities for the Slovenian Presidency
36 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
39 - Bubble battles, Mark Ruffalo & code of conduct
This week, EURACTIV spoke with EURACTIV France's very own Clara Bauer-Babef and Magdalena Pistorius about what the 'polluter pays' principle has to do with agriculture and the bubble battle brewing between France and Russia, and we take a look at the newly-launched EU Code of Conduct on responsible food business and marketing practices.
51 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
38 - The final CAP down - all you need to know
EURACTIV brings you up to speed with all the developments on the long awaited CAP reform and exactly what was decided last week. To put this CAP reform in perspective, we spoke with Angelo Di Mambro, a journalist with the Italian media ANSA and long-time CAP follower, about how this CAP reform compares to previous policies. We also delve in to all of the most contentious elements of this reform with the help of ENVI Chair Pascal Canfin giving his take on the alignment of the Green Deal, Birdlife's Harriet Bradley, who explains the issues with the GAECs, Enrico Somaglia from the European trade union of food and agriculture about the conclusion reached on social conditionality, Irish MEP Colm Markey on internal convergence, and young farmer's assoication CEJA's recently elected new President Diana Lenzi on what this CAP reform holds for young farmers
25 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
37 - EU auditors, CAP (in)action on climate change
This week, EURACTIV spoke with Jindrich Dolezal of the European Court of Auditors about their recent report which lambasted EU agricultural funding for combatting climate action - totalling €100 billion - saying it has so far been ineffective, especially when it comes to livestock farming and peatlands.
32 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
36 - Controversial guests, EU-US truce & pesticide ban
This week, EURACTIV discusses the controversy around the fact that EU farmers association COPA-COGECA was invited to this week's informal AGRIFISH Council, we explore the EU-US trade truce and what this means for the agrifood sector, and we speak with journalist and campaigner Georgina Downs about a recent referendum in Switzerland on a ban of the use of synthetic pesticides and the UK's upcoming environment bill, which may also restrict their use.
14 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
35 - Sausage (and other meats) scandal, cage-free EU
This week, we spoke with EURACTIV's very own Ben Fox about the so-called "sausage war" between the EU and the UK which has hit headlines this week, and with Green MEP Francisco Guerreiro to hear his reaction to the news that the European Parliament voted for a resolution to ban cages for farmed animals in the EU, marking a first step towards a ban by 2027.
28 minutes | May 31, 2021
34 - Final CAP down - what went wrong?
This week, EURACTIV reflects on the final CAP down week, exploring why talks collapsed and negotiatiors did not manage to seal a deal, and we speak with Nathalie Sauze-Vandevyver, director in DG Agri in charge of quality, research & innovation, on promotional policy.
33 minutes | May 21, 2021
33- EU's agri boss, CAP negotiator, #finalCAPdown (again)
This week, EURACTIV speaks to the EU's Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski ahead of next week's pivotal CAP reform negotiations about the thorny issues remaining in the reform, how he sees his role and his relationship with the EU farming community, and his vision for the future of farming beyond this reform. We also speak with Ulrike Müller, CAP rapporteur for horizontal regulations, about her expectations for next week's discussions.
15 minutes | May 14, 2021
32 - Carbon considerations, Spain shirks scrutiny, live exports
This week, EURACTIV spoke with Riccardo Valentini, Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Tuscia, about carbon neutrality and carbon markets for farming, and we hear from Green MEP Thomas Waitz about the news that the Spanish government has rejected a request from the European Parliament to speak about the two livestock ships that departed from Spanish ports in mid-December and ended up stuck in limbo at sea for months.
29 minutes | May 7, 2021
31 - Xylella, spittlebug serenade, titanium dioxide
This week, the EURACTIV agrifood podcast is buzzing about insects, starting with an interview with Maria Saponari, from Italy's Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, about the latest research on the olive tree disease Xylella, including an exclusive clip of the mating call of the disease-carrying spittlebug. We also speak with Christophe Derrien, secretary general of the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed, to hear if the idea of edible insects has wings, and we discuss the news that a common food additive, Titanium Dioxide, has been ruled unsafe by the EU's food safety authority.
21 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
30 - Gene-editing study: background, summary, reactions
This week, EURACTIV's agrifood team delves into the publication of the Commission's controversial new study on gene-editing, hearing reactions from a range of stakeholders, including Green MEP Tilly Metz, centre-right MEP Herbert Dorfmann, Garlich von Essen, secretary general of EU seed sector organisation Euroseeds, and Eric Gall, deputy director of the EU organic association, IFOAM.
28 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
29 - Farmer definition, a 'proper ruckus', regenerative agriculture
This week, EURACTIV explores the definition of an active farmer with the help of Morgan Ody, a farmer and member of EU farmers association European Coordination Via Campesina, EURACTIV's agrifood news team talks about a 'ruckus' between farmers and the EU agricultural Commissioner after a series of tweets this week, and we speak to David Wilkinson of PepsiCo about the company's new initiative to support regenerative agriculture.
29 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
28 - AGRI Committee chair, CAP update, halloumi cheese
Welcome back to EURACTIV's agrifood podcast! After a brief hiatus, we're back this week to speak about the latest developments on the reform of the EU's farming subsidies programme, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in an interview with the Chair of the European Parliament's AGRI Committee, Norbert Lins, and we give you a rundown of the top 10 agri-news stories this week, including why halloumi cheese is hitting headlines and the latest on the campaign to End the Cage Age in farming.
12 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
27 - CAP super-trilogue: what's on the menu?
This week, EURACTIV gives a recap on what to expect from the so-called "super-trilogue" on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, discussing what is on the menu for the meeting and the main remaining sticking points in negotiations.
24 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
26 - Organic action plan, nutriscore, salted butter
This week, the EURACTIV agrifood team explores what can be expected from the upcoming Organic Action Plan, due to be published on 24 March, and we speak about the latest chapter in the longstanding saga on front of pack nutritional labelling.
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