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Rising demand, falling meat consumption: organic food is on a roll, and for good reason. An overview on production, distribution and consumption of organic goods in Europe, and on their environmental impact.
The EU obliges Mediterranean countries, Italy in particular, to ban fishing in three important fish reserves in the Strait of Sicily, as recommended by the FAO in 2016. The NGO Oceana is publishing the names of vessels suspected of ignoring the ban.
The North Sea is no exception to the overfishing spree across Europe. As discussions are ongoing between Norway and the EU, scientists issue their latest warning on collapsing cod stocks.
The outlook for the European sugar sector is not good at the moment, according to the director-general of the European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS).
"Our agriculture is changing and with it are social models and the environment: it is to address all these issues that we have decided to publish this Atlas".
At the Marrakesh Summit held on June 11-12, coastal countries confirmed their commitment to combat overfishing in the Mediterranean, the most overexploited sea in the world. However, scientists argue that total bans in the most vulnerable areas are required.
A large part of the EU's budget is devoted to supporting agriculture. Yet farmers receive a given amount per hectare – so large farms receive way more money than the small ones, to the extent that 25 percent of all EU farmers receive only 1.3 percent of the available funds.
The Commission has proposed to allocate 365 billion euro to agriculture in 27 member states, or 28.5 percent of the EU budget – an historically low contribution.
Pressures on the EU from industrial fishery lobbies to maintain business as usual in the Western Mediterranean may put both fish stocks and small fishermen’s livelihoods at risk, while also undermining the economic sustainability of the industry itself, as we reveal in a three-part investigation.
The improper use of antibiotics for animals contributes to the emergence of resistant bacteria. While their use in the EU is declining, this phenomenon remains a threat to human health.