Press Release: Soil matters for our future

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.

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Committee on Organic Production (27 & 28 November 2019)

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Press Release: The European Committee of the Regions calls on the European Parliament to secure a fair agricultural policy that can offer practical solutions to the environmental challenges

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.

Declassification: Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations on agreements between the European Union and third countries on trade in organic products

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Event: Our Future: Fair & healthy food (Brussels, 12 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Expert Group on Organic Production (main group) (14 October 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Expert Group on Organic Production (main group) (26 November 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (18 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI / ENVI / DEVE Committees – Exchange of views with FAO Deputy Director-General Climate and Natural Resources, following the 2019 World Food Day (18 November 2019)

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Press Release: FAO resources on food loss and waste

Reducing food loss and waste is an important target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as a means to achieve other SDG targets, in particular relating to food security, nutrition and environmental sustainability.

OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – Exchange of views on Regulations on CAP transitional rules (18 November 2019)

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Publication: Monthly Summary of Articles on Food Fraud and Adulteration (October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – Post-2020 CAP Reform (18 November 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Expert Group for Horizontal Questions concerning the CAP (main group) (19 November 2019)

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Conclusions on the updated Bioeconomy Strategy “A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: strenghtening the connection between economy, society and the environment”

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Camera Deputaților (RO) – COM(2019) 22 final

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Press Release: Changes in soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity should be considered when assessing environmental impact of dairy products

Considering the impact on soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity is important when assessing the environmental footprint of dairy products, suggests a new study, which explored the impacts of organic and conventional milk production in three types of system established in Western Europe. The study found that organic milk production had a significantly lower impact on ecotoxicity and biodiversity than conventional milk production, and suggests that including soil carbon changes in the assessment would result in greater reductions in the carbon footprint of organic, rather than conventional, milk — in some cases by up to 18%.

Agenda: Expert group for technical advice on organic production (main group) (3 December 2019)

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Event: Take Whole grain Seriously! Make your grains whole: for your and the planet’s health (Brussels, 19 November 2019)

Hosted by MEP Elsi Katainen & Whole Grain Initiative, the high-level meeting will consist of an interactive panel discussion moderated by Sue Saville, a  highly-experienced journalist specialised in health and well-being. A networking reception will follow the moderated discussion.

Post-2020 CAP reform package

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Event: Dialogue on Sustainable Food and Agriculture – How to build a more resilient and sustainable agriculture through international trade (Brussels, 3 December 2019)

Join a debate on the role of international trade in the promotion of resilience and sustainability in the agricultural sector. We invited government officials and representatives of international organizations, the private sector and civil society to discuss the importance of trade for the future of agriculture from a local to a global perspective.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Presentation of the IPCC Special Reports on Climate Change and Land, and on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (6 November 2019)

A summary of the presentation of the reports is now available. 

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