The first examples of farming hark back at least 100,000 years, and the growth of agriculture is seen as an essential driver for human civilization. But today the farming sector is facing a fundamental challenge as it attempts to remodel itself to meet the demands of a sustainable planet. The European Commission hopes to set a new agricultural agenda this March when it unveils its long-awaited ‘Farm to Fork’ initiative. Can it redesign the entire architecture of the food sector, or just nibble at the edges?
In close cooperation with Eurojust, Italian and Serbian national authorities unravelled a transnational large-scale fraud in the production and trade of allegedly organic food and beverages from rotten apples.
A summary of the EoV is now available.
The first continent-wide assessment of the chemical properties of EU soils reveals high levels of phosphorus in agricultural soils.
Soil is the very basis for the food we grow as well as for the production of feed, textiles, wood and other materials. It provides us with clean water, hosts biodiversity, recycles nutrients, regulates climate and is part of our landscapes and cultural heritage. Soil is important for our well-being and the balance of ecosystems in our planet.
At a hearing held at the European Parliament on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Guillaume Cros (FR/PES), Vice-President of the Occitan Region and European Committee of the Regions rapporteur on the CAP, pointed out that according to the Court of Auditors report of 20 November, environmental aspects are not given sufficient weight among the many challenges to the future CAP that have been identified. The Committee of the Regions’ recommendations also match the aims of the Green Deal announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.