European Union

May. 4, 2022

Europe Inaugurates Climate Dashboard for Olive, Grape and Wheat Farmers

The new dashboard will provide short-term weather and long-term climate data to help farmers plant new groves, anticipate future challenges and prepare better for pests and diseases.

May. 4, 2022

Olive Oil Market Stable in E.U. Short-Term Outlook

Despite the war in Ukraine, olive oil prices are expected to remain steady. E.U.production and consumption will rise. Exports will fall.

Mar. 8, 2022

European Parliament Recommends Adoption of Europe-Wide Food Labels

The recommendation comes from a report outlining ways in which the European Union can increase its commitment to cancer prevention.

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Mar. 7, 2022

New Award Scheme to Promote Organic Production in Europe

The European Organic Awards aim to acknowledge high quality in the organic value chain and promote organic food products within the E.U. member states.

Feb. 7, 2022

Europe’s New Sustainable Agricultural Policies Will Make Foods Even More Expensive, Farmers Warn

Farmers and cooperatives are uneasy with the new European Union policy aimed at sustainable food production and its effects on prices.

Jan. 11, 2022

Burning Biomass in Europe Causes Deforestation in the U.S., Scientists Warn

The U.S. wood pellet industry is the largest supplier for European wood-burning power plants, which scientists argue may undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Nov. 29, 2021

Europe’s Agricultural Production Fell Slightly in 2020

A Eurostat report found that production costs are on the rise while income derived from agriculture fell in several E.U. countries.

Nov. 8, 2021

European Parliament Approves Farm to Fork Strategy

Among the main tenants of the plan are animal welfare, emissions reduction and front-of-pack nutrition labeling. It will now be up to the European Commission to propose the formal legislation.

Nov. 3, 2021

The Categories of Olive Oil

Most prefixes attached to "olive oil" are meaningless. The few that really matter are described below.

Oct. 20, 2021

European Olive Oil Exports Expected to Recover as Costs Rise

The latest short-term projections show limited growth in exports and steady production. While olive oil prices rose last year, so did production costs.

Sep. 30, 2021

Europe’s Farm to Fork Strategy Moves Closer to Becoming Law

The European Parliament’s agriculture and environment committees voted to pass the Farm to Fork strategy to a full vote in October.

Sep. 27, 2021

U.S., Europe Announce Plans to Dramatically Cut Methane Emissions

The trans-Atlantic partners have announced an effort to cut methane emissions by 30 percent in an effort to meet commitments outlined by the Paris Agreement.

Aug. 24, 2021

Glyphosate Controversy Continues as New Report Concludes Herbicide Is Not Carcinogenic

Health campaigners are outraged with the EFSA’s conclusion, accusing the food safety authority of bending to pressure from industry.

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Mar. 5, 2021

Europe, U.S. Agree to Freeze Tariffs for Four Months

The decision came after a phone call between the U.S. president and European commissioner and will give the two sides time to negotiate a new trade deal.

Feb. 2, 2021

Nutri-Score Remains the Front Runner for Europe's Food Label Program

Researchers who have been studying the French-born FOPL respond to the criticism that Nutri-Score is at odds with the Mediterranean diet.

Feb. 1, 2021

Europe Seeks Public Input in Effort to Framework for Geographical Indications

The goal is to identify new tools to strengthen the certified food specialties indications system and fight food fraud.

Jan. 4, 2021

Brexit Deal Assures Tariff-Free, but Not Frictionless Trade for Producers

The post-Brexit trade deal provides long-awaited assurance for E.U. olive oil producers, but the new trading reality will be far from business as usual.

Dec. 16, 2020

Europe Launches Comprehensive Database of Geographical Indications

The new platform, GIView, contains information on every geographical indication in Europe.

Dec. 4, 2020

Spain, Uruguay Try to Revive Stalled EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement

Growing apathy in South America and hostility in Europe have thrown the future of the landmark deal into doubt. Uruguay and Spain have stepped in to try and breathe new life into what could be the world’s largest free trade deal.

Nov. 23, 2020

Germany Formally Adopts Nutri-Score Labels as Debate Continues

Germany’s decision to introduce Nutri-Score as its official front-of-pack label has been met with criticism.

Oct. 15, 2020

WTO Approves $4B in Tariffs on U.S. Goods Imported to Europe

The widely-expected move could pave the way to a de-escalation of trade tensions between the E.U. and U.S.

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