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Jul. 13, 2021

Pilot Project Will Test New Eco-Label for European Food Packages

Olive oil producers are expected to benefit from the scheme, which rates a food’s sustainability on four criteria, including carbon emissions.

Jul. 7, 2021

Report: Water Scarcity is the Biggest Challenge Facing Food Production

A report from Barclays Capital found that while demand for freshwater continues to grow, businesses and countries are doing very little to become more efficient.

Jul. 1, 2021

EPA Plans to Tackle Food Waste in Effort to Reduce Carbon Emissions

The United Nations found that food waste is responsible for up to 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Mar. 31, 2021

Biomass from Olive Groves Fuels Heineken Factory in Southern Spain

The factory will receive up to 6,000 tons of pruning waste annually from olive groves with a 90-kilometer radius of the factory.

Mar. 17, 2021

Almost 1 Billion Tons of Food Is Wasted Each Year, U.N. Report Finds

The United Nations has found that more than 900 million tons of food were wasted in 2019. The problem is pervasive, with food waste occurring at every step of the food chain worldwide.

Mar. 9, 2021

'Digital Earth' Could Help Predict Effects of Climate Change

Scientists are building a digital model of the Earth that will act as an information system for better decision-making on development and environmental issues within the European Union.

Feb. 17, 2021

Italy Pledges Nearly €70M for Olive Oil and Table Olive Sector

The money will be used to improve quality, protect the environment and promote traceability in the sector until the Common Agricultural Policy takes effect in 2023.

Jan. 11, 2021

2020 Tied for Hottest Year on Record, Capping Off the World’s Warmest Decade

Annual average temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere reached record highs, with the largest deviations in the Arctic and Europe.

Oct. 15, 2020

Bans on Night Harvesting Have Alleviated Threat to Migratory Birds

The head of conservation for BirdLife Europe applauded prohibitions on nighttime intensive olive harvesting in Spain and Portugal.

Jul. 29, 2020

Local Production and Sustainability Highlight Terra Madre 2020

Over the course of six months, farmers, scientists and other stakeholders in the global agri-food business will propose and debate solutions to some of the sector’s most pressing issues surrounding sustainability and climate change.

Jul. 29, 2020

Applying Crushed Rock to Croplands Reduces Atmospheric CO2, Study Finds

Up to two billion tons of CO2 could be absorbed each year by adding crushed rocks to farmlands. The technique could be employed by countries to help them meet their climate targets.

Jul. 20, 2020

Organic Olive Cultivation Continues to Grow in Spain

The land area dedicated to organic olive farming in Spain rose to 209,288 hectares in 2019.

Jul. 13, 2020

Portugal Bans Nocturnal Olive Harvesting Practice for Upcoming Season

While conservationists have hailed the move as a step in the right direction, many of them have urged the country's ministry fo agriculture to make the ban permanent.

Jul. 1, 2020

Using Technology and Old Photos to Map Erosion in Jaén's Olive Groves

Researchers from the University of Jaén have developed a tool to more precisely monitor soil erosion. It may help growers to estimate future damage and put in place preventive measures.

Jun. 1, 2020

Europe Reveals 'Farm to Fork' Strategy for Food Sustainability

The strategy aims to promote sustainable food and environmentally-friendly production practices. Critics say more must be done to reduce the production of industrial animal meat products.

May. 7, 2020

Experts: Sustainable Farming Will Play Key Role in Post-Pandemic World

The population's priorities will shift in a post-coronavirus world, demanding ethical and sustainable production from farmers and distributors in the years ahead.

Apr. 24, 2020

EU Introduces Standards for Use of Reclaimed Water for Irrigation

New measures aim to promote the reuse of city wastewater for the irrigation of farmland.

Apr. 17, 2020

A New Strategy Against a Dreaded Pest in Italy

The samurai wasp will be deployed to contain the brown marmorated stink bug which has been devastating Italian agriculture productivity.

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