EU agri-food trade reached a total value of €34.9 billion in May 2022, an increase of 11% month-to-month and an increase of 32% compared to May last year. This has largely been driven by the continuing increase in prices of commodities. Exports were valued at €19.4 billion. This reflects growth of 8% month-to-month and 21% compared to May 2021, with higher volumes of wheat and maize but lower volumes of other grain exports.
In 2019, the Skyx project developed technology allowing farmers to push a button and send a swarm of autonomous drones to spray their fields. Three years later, the innovation has penetrated the United States (US) market, and the start-up behind it all is on its way to becoming a world leader in agriculture spraying after a new funding round.
Supported in part by the EU-funded RECEIPT project, a new study reveals that climate change is expected to considerably change wheat’s yield and price in the future. This is projected to occur even if we meet the Paris Agreement targets and stay below 2 °C of warming.
A recent study supported by the EU-funded Diverfarming project has reaffirmed the benefits of crop diversification as a way to make crop farming sustainable while also protecting the environment. Europe’s drive to achieve higher crop yields at lower costs in recent decades has led to intensive monocrop farming systems focusing on the cultivation of a single crop year after year on the same land. This is how, it has been shown why it is a good idea to introduce herbaceous crops between mandarin trees.
Meeting growing global demand for protein in a sustainable manner represents a huge challenge for the fishing industry. The EU-funded BGF project set out to overcome these limitations. This was achieved by designing a multifunctional offshore aquaculture platform that combines modern automated fish production with renewable energy generation from wind, waves and solar.
European Commission has adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2023 for the Baltic Sea. Based on this proposal, EU countries will determine the maximum quantities of the most important commercial fish species that can be caught in the sea basin. The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for central herring and plaice, while maintaining the current levels for salmon and the levels of by-catch of western and eastern cod, as well as western herring.
Spain receives an additional €274.9 million from the 2022 tranche of REACT-EU. These resources will support the economic recovery of Spanish regions, help workers and jobseekers acquire skills necessary for the digital and green transition, and improve the access to and functioning of social systems. €137 million are added to the Spanish operational programme of the Fund for Aid to the Most Deprived, and The remaining resources, €137.9 million, are added to the European Social Fund.
Today’s farming practices are a major cause of climate change, biodiversity loss, soil erosion and pollution. It is now widely accepted that farmers need to change their agricultural practices to address these problems. However, transitions towards more sustainable agricultural systems are often characterised by ‘lock-ins’, understood as self-reinforcing mechanisms that reproduce the status quo and impede change.
Sustainable fishing is a growing concern worldwide. But how easily can fisheries achieve sustainability? A survey conducted as part of the EU-funded EcoScope project sought to discover what EU fishery stakeholders thought were the main difficulties in sustainably managing European fisheries in the years to come. According to 72.2 % of the survey respondents, the effects of climate change are a key difficulty in the future sustainable management of EU fisheries.
The Commission has presented a list of headline indicators for monitoring progress towards the EU's environment and climate goals to 2030, as well as the 2050 long-term vision to ‘live well, within planetary boundaries'. Resulting from intense consultations with stakeholders and Member States, the new Monitoring Framework under the 8th Environment Action Programme aims to foster transparency and inform Europeans about the impact of EU climate and environmental policy.
The European Union faces the risk of further gas supply cuts from Russia, due to the Kremlin's weaponisation of gas exports, with almost half of our Member States already affected by reduced deliveries. The Commission is therefore proposing today a new legislative tool and a European Gas Demand Reduction Plan, to reduce gas use in Europe by 15% until next spring. All consumers, public administrations, households, owners of public buildings, power suppliers and industry can and should take measures to save gas.
Critical challenges like climate change, environmental conservation and food security all have a line leading back to the rumen and its resident microbiome. Thus, the more is known about the microbiome, the better positioned we will be to increase food availability and develop environmentally friendly livestock. The aim of the RuMicroPlas project, funded by the European Research Council, was to do exactly that.