FEFAC says the EU Commission is set to break the 18 month deadlock on GM crop imports and approve 13 biotech traits at a meeting next month, but the trade group warns against nationalization of decision making on further trait approval.
Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee backed a draft law on Tuesday that says first-generation biofuels from food crops should not exceed 6% of the final energy consumption in transport by 2020.
Farmer groups and the EU biofuels sector are calling MEPs to ensure that at least 8% of transport fuels come from biofuels made from arable crops by 2020 when they vote on future EU biofuel policy tomorrow.
Expansion of existing tariff rate quotas (TRQs) on beef, with the hormone ban remaining in place, is likely to be the only modification of agriculture policy by the EU under trade talks with the US, says a policy expert.
Research undertaken by Agrifirm is showing the limitations of using EU origin protein sources in broiler feeds but the Dutch cooperative continues to assess, through trials, how to increase the yields of EU grown soybeans.
Indications from trials assessing the safety of using insects for feed show fly larvae contain very high levels of heavy metals, putting their use as a potential protein source for pigs and poultry at risk.
The proposed EU-US trade deal could see the European market opened up to US imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite the Commission's public assurances to the contrary, claims Friends of the Earth.
If a $3.4million EU Commission funded seaweed cultivation project can deliver on its high yield claims, there will be substantial benefits for the EU feed and food sectors, which, currently, are heavily reliant on imports for protein inputs.
There will be a continuing slide in demand for pig feed in the EU this year due to productivity challenges in the sector and cattle feed demand is set to decline on better weather conditions for grasslands and forages production, says trade group.
Enhanced cooperation between feed manufacturers and poultry producers could improve efficiency and scale in the supply chain, argues EU poultry trade group AVEC on the back of a study into the competitiveness of that meat sector.
The European Union is to step up controls on food imports from Japan in the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima – but stressed there was no evidence that consumers in the region were at risk from radiation-contaminated food.
The first discovery of dioxin-tainted pork, a move by the Chinese to suspend German imports and proposals from the animal feed sector to boost controls on the toxic chemical were just some of the developments yesterday in the contamination scandal that...
A leading economist says that industry sources and analysts predicting the Russian wheat export ban will have little impact on EU food prices are “naïve”, and overlook the fact that major futures contracts for Russian wheat are now worthless.
Low spending on developing new products and processing techniques
coupled with sluggish export growth, has made the EU's food
industry vulnerable to increased global competition, according to
figures released by the bloc's...
In a bid to meet a new EU regulation that comes into effect next
year, European feed manufacturers are meeting today in Brussels to
focus on identifying ways to improve the nutritional content of
products of animal origin and the...
The whole infrastructure of European egg production will be
decimated ifcurrent legislation to improve animal welfare is
allowed to passunhindered into European law, without protection
against importsproduced to lower standards.