Tag Archives: European Union

TTIP vote derailed by massive public petitioning

CAMPAIGNERS ARE celebrating after a planned vote at the European Union on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was postponed on Weds, 10 June.                     Food safety is a major stumbling block for TTIP, which aims to reduce regulatory barriers to big business trade…
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Is the time ripe for GM crops

EUROPE IS ploughing a lone furrow free of genetically modified foods, but are politicians to blame and do consumers deserve a choice?               In 2003 Farmers Weekly ran a cover story and five-page analysis about the GM debate. The piece started: “Much of the GM debate revolves around scientific…
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Foie Gras producer arrested for animal cruelty

A FOIE GRAS producer has been arrested in France, charged with animal cruelty in a landmark case which could open the floodgates for similar trials to proceed.                     The Ernest Soulard producer, who has supplied award-winning chefs, has been accused of keeping geese in an inhuman…
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Glass recycling rate passes 70% mark

LATEST GLASS recycling figures for the EU show also there is now far more glass recycled than ever before. Since the 1990s, recycling rates for glass have increased by a whopping 131% in Europe. Using recycled glass replaces virgin raw materials in glass production which helps decouple resource use from economic growth: a proven role…
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New rules for pig meat inspection

THE FOOD Standards Agency has started a six-week consultation on new rules for pig meat inspections which will come into force from June 2014.                     The new rules are set to be introduced across the European Union and will help official meat inspectors target potential public…
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Groceries code adjudicator outlines powers

FARMERS HAVE welcomed the new Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA) powers to investigate, enforce and penalise supermarkets suspected of breaching the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCoP - Code).               The new GCA Christine Tacon CBE told Hampshire NFU members that the Code requires the 10 retailers of groceries with…
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Ban on Union Flag meat label ‘not true’

THE EUROPEAN Commission has issued a correction statement following in accurate reports of an EU plan to ban the Union Flag from British meat products.   A number of UK national newspapers reported that the EU would ban use of the widely used label stamp, denoting that a meat product was reared and packaged in the UK;…
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No return for the mack?

FEARS OF overfishing may put mackerel's comeback on hold as customers face a tough choice between eating healthily and sustainably.   What a difference two years make. This time in 2011, mackerel was riding on the crest of a wave – in plentiful supply, promoted as part of a healthy diet thanks to its high…
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Reform for European fisheries policy

THE EUROPEAN Parliament today voted to back a major reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The new proposals aim to cut fishing to sustainable stock levels, end dumping at sea (discards), and base long-term planning on sound scientific data.   Environmental groups have welcomed the news as “ground-breaking” but some fishing groups claimed…
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Europe’s new resource efficiency manifesto

THE EUROPEAN Commission has published its vision of what a resource efficient Europe will look like: more environmental reporting and fewer resource-intensive products.     In a world with growing pressures on resources and the environment, the Commission called for the creation of “better market conditions for products and services that have lower impacts across…
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