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Waiting for the organic regulation review

Italy | 16/01/2014 | The Directorate-General for Agriculture of the European Commission is currently drafting a legal proposal for a new organic regulation to replace the current legal organic framework to be published together with a new organic action plan in March. Given the key objectives of the CAP post 2013, organic farming is an important element of the new CAP. It provides a substantial level of public goods and it has a key role in reinforcing the links between producers and consumers.

Read more on the European Commission website
and on IFOAM EU website.

Honeybee shortage threatens crop pollination in Europe

Italy | 14/01/2014 | In more than half of European countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops, according to new research.
Scientists believe that a boom in biofuels has sparked a massive increase in the need for pollination.
The shortage is particularly acute in Britain which has only a quarter of the honeybees required.

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How Overconsumption and Intensive Meat Production Wrecks the Planet

Germany | 09/01/2014 | Intensive meat and dairy production is having an increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment, according to a new 'Meat Atlas' published today by Friends of the Earth Europe and the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

The way we produce and consume meat and dairy needs a radical rethink. Our industrialised production system is untenable, according to the report, since it depends on scarce land and water resources, and passes on hidden costs to the consumer. Curbs on corporate control over food need to be implemented, it says, to reduce the impact on society and the environment.

In this publication there is an contribution from Slow Food President Carlo Petrini.

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Click here to read Slow Food's position on animal welfare.

Commission fosters debate on potential "local food" labeling scheme

Belgium | 06/12/2013 | The European Commission has published today a report exploring the possibilities of adopting a local farming and direct sales labelling scheme in the future, as requested by the current legislation on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs

Commissioner Dacian Cioloş said: "Increasing the role of local food systems is an answer to a clear expectation among EU citizens. It is also particularly important for farmers and for the diversity of EU agriculture. Via direct sales and closer contacts with consumers, EU farmers can add value to their products, boost their sales and better understand the expectations of EU citizens with regard to food and food production methods. That's why we want to encourage farmers to develop local food systems and to discuss the best ways to increase the visibility of their products".

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Towards a better use of our Genetic Resources

Belgium | 02/12/2013 | Last week the European Commission has published a Report on "Genetic Resources – From Conservation to Better Use," outlining Commission aims for the period until 2020. While issues of conservation and halting biodiversity loss in agriculture remain a central element, the report highlights the need for a change of rationale with greater emphasis on an increased sustainable use of our genetic resources such as traditional or endangered breeds of animals or plants.

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