In their third Policy Brief ‘Industry 5.0: A Transformative Vision for Europe - Governing Systemic Transformations towards a Sustainable Industry’, the independent ESIR expert group recommends a deep transformation of the European Industry to foster the twin green and digital transition in Europe. This transformation will support Europe’s ambition to become more sustainable, resilient, regenerative and circular whilst living within planetary boundaries.
The European Commission has published the results of the first coordinated control plan on the authenticity of herbs and spices launched by Directorate-general for Health and Food Safety and carried out by 21 EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway. This was the first time national authorities in charge of food controls and the European Commission pooled their experience and resources together to focus on the herbs and spices sector. The goal was to protect consumers from misleading and potentially unsafe products.
Total agricultural land is due to slightly decline over the outlook period, with forest area exceeding agricultural land by 2031. EU cereal production is expected to decline, driven by a lower feed use. In contrast protein crops production will grow significantly, thanks to their environmental benefits. These are just a few of the projections from the European Union agricultural outlook for 2021-31 report published on 9 December 2021 by the European Commission.
The report titled Barriers and enablers for implementing circular economy business models - Evidence from the electrical and electronic equipment and agri-food value chains provides facts and data on barriers and enablers to the implementation of circular economy business models in two value chains that exhibit high levels of waste generation: electrical and electronic equipment and agri-food.
Fostering and sharing knowledge and innovation forms part of the post-2020 CAP cross-cutting objective on modernisation. It has a key role to play in helping farmers and rural communities meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. The EIP-AGRI Seminar 'CAP Strategic Plans: the key role of AKIS in Member States' focused on supporting Member States in the preparation of their AKIS Strategic Plans, and promoting efficient agricultural knowledge flows within the country and region as well as across the whole EU.
Agriculture is a key sector for reaching climate neutrality by 2050, as it is able both to reduce emissions and to store carbon and offset emissions from farming systems but also emissions from other sectors. This final report gives an overview of the discussions and results from the workshop.
The new EU forest strategy for 2030 is one of the flagship initiatives of the European Green Deal and builds on the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030. The strategy will contribute to achieving the EU’s biodiversity objectives as well as greenhouse gas emission reduction target of at least 55% by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050.
According to a report, 2020 marked another improvement in the EU's leading position among the world's biggest exporters of agri-food products. On the import side, the EU has become the third largest importer after the United States and China.
Mandatory country-of-origin labelling provides for the meaningful information on the origin of the swine, poultry, sheep and goat meat to consumers and for control of compliance by competent authorities. Those are among the key findings of the report on the implementation and impact of mandatory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance for certain meats, published by the European Commission.
According to the most recent estimate, 88 million tonnes of food waste are generated in the EU each year with associated costs estimated at €143 billion. Food waste has a huge environmental impact, accounting for about 6% of total EU Greenhouse Gas emissions and puts unnecessary burden on limited natural resources, such as land and water use.
Reducing food waste has enormous potential for reducing the resources we use to produce the food we eat.
In June 2021, the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in response to a legal proposal tabled in 2018 by the EC. In the context of COVID and against a backdrop of growing challenges in relation to climate change, biodiversity loss and management of natural resources, much is expected from the new CAP over the period 2023-2027. The policy will be an essential tool for contributing to achieving the ambitions of the European Green Deal.
This Handbook is intended to act as a reference for those agri-food producers planning for, or in the process of entering, the Australian market. This Handbook provides step-by-step guides on entering the agri-food market in Australia including relevant information such as analysis of the Australian market for different product categories, market access and market entry procedures, IP protection, referrals to professional buyers and a signposting and referral system providing useful contacts and ways to penetrate the Australian market.