This report summarises the presentations and the discussion that took place at the workshop on Climate Diplomacy held on 20 February 2018 at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels.
The Global Report on Food Crises indicates that major risks of famine were averted in 2017 in the four countries that were declared at risk in early 2017: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and North Nigeria. However, it also highlights the severity and the complexity of food crises around the world.
Today, a group of citizens concerned about the use of endocrine disruptors – chemical substances affecting human hormones – came to the European Parliament to engage in a discussion with scientific experts and politicians. The discussion highlighted the extent to which we are all exposed to endocrine disruptors on a daily basis through products such as food packaging, clothing, cosmetics, children’s toys and crops grown with certain pesticides.
Frozen corn is the likely source of an outbreak of Listeria monocytogeneswhich has affected five EU Member States (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) since 2015. This is the conclusion of a rapid outbreak assessment published today by EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). As of 8 March 2018, 32 cases including six deaths had been reported.
How to better embed crop diversity for resilient sustainable food systems?
On April 11th, the DIVERSIFOOD Forum with policy makers and stakeholders will present some project outcomes and address this issue with the overall goal to further develop policies for cultivating diversity and food quality.
In a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice has decided that the European Parliament must publish on request the negotiation documents for trilogues between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. The “four-column” texts, which set out the positions of the Council, the Parliament and the Commission and the compromise proposals, have so far been kept private.