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.
The report confirms the achievements of the BBI JU-funded projects and the Programme Office. It highlights in particular the high impact of the initiative contributing to the objectives of the European Green Deal while developing and strengthening the bio-based industries sector in Europe.Despite the unprecedented challenges triggered by the pandemic in 2020, BBI JU maintained a high level of service to its community and kept on delivering outstanding results.
The latest paper by iFermenter analyses the development of sustainable alternatives to produce nisin and lactic acid using three industrial waste streams as carbon sources. Their research will help fight waste generation while promoting sustainable and circular processes.
While the EU organic market grew overall, imports of organic agri-food products decreased slightly between 2019 and 2020. In terms of product categories, imports of organic tropical fruit and rice increased. However, these increases were outweighed by declines in imports of other cereals, oilcakes and sugar. These are among the main findings of the ‘EU imports of organic agri-food products – key developments in 2020’ market brief published by the European Commission.
The loss of wild pollinators is of grave concern. This is because around 80% of the EU's crop and wildflower plant species depend, at least in part, on animal pollination. Without pollinators, many plant species would decline and eventually disappear. This would threaten the survival of nature, human well-being, and the economy.
The EIP- AGRI Seminar ‘Healthy soils for Europe: sustainable management through knowledge and practice’ was held online on 13-14 April 2021. It brought together more than 140 participants involved in sustainable soil management practices, including farmers, foresters, researchers, advisers and others representing innovative projects working on solutions to enhance soil health throughout the European Union. This interactive event aimed to exchange practical solutions to soil health problems and to discuss what needs to be done, especially for farmers, to take them up.
The study “Technical Guidance Handbook – setting up and implementing result-based carbon farming mechanisms in the EU”, carried out from 2018 to 2020, explored key issues, challenges, trade-offs and design options to develop carbon farming. It reviewed existing schemes that reward climate-related benefits in five promising areas: peatland restoration and rewetting; agroforestry; maintaining and enhancing soil organic carbon (SOC) on mineral soils; managing SOC on grasslands; and livestock farm carbon audit.