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EU prepares new GMO maize cultivation approval

If it goes ahead, the insect-resistant maize would become only 
the second GM crop to be approved for production in the EU

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters / The European Union is on course to approve cultivation of a new type of genetically modified maize for the first time in more than a decade, according to a draft proposal from the bloc’s executive seen by Reuters. The proposal was drawn up after Europe’s second-highest court in October blamed the European Commission […] Read more

EU to ban pesticides blamed for bee losses

The European Union will ban three of the world’s most widely-used pesticides for two years because of fears they are linked to a plunge in the population of bees critical to the production of crops. The executive European Commission said Monday it would press ahead with the ban on a class of pesticides known as […] Read more

France tops EU DNA tests for horsemeat in beef

France found more cases of illegal horsemeat in beef products than any other European Union country, results of official DNA tests ordered in the wake of the scandal showed, with more than one in every eight samples testing positive. Announcing the results on Tuesday, the European Commission said that for the EU as a whole, […] Read more

States agree EU farm policy vision to keep reform on track

Reading Time: 3 minutes The European Union is on course to complete reforming its 55-billion-euro-a-year farm policy from the start of 2014, after EU governments agreed a joint negotiating position March 19. Farm ministers from the 27 EU member states backed the main lines of the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) first proposed by the European Commission […] Read more

EU farm subsidy reforms cut payments to the wealthiest farms

Royal treatment The Queen is among the wealthiest landowners 
who will see deep cuts to their farm subsidies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Europe’s wealthiest landowners, including Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Spain’s Duchess of Alba, will see deep cuts to their future farm subsidies under proposals from members of the European Parliament Jan. 23. Annual payments to the top recipients of agricultural subsidies should be capped at 300,000 euros from 2014, the European Parliament’s influential agriculture committee said. […] Read more

Farm subsidies still get top share of EU austerity budget

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reuters / Farm subsidies will continue to gobble up the biggest share of the European Union’s budget to 2020, despite a 13 per cent drop in future agricultural spending, under a deal struck by EU leaders Feb. 8. Agriculture’s budget supremacy was secured after France and other major farming nations thwarted attempts by Britain and […] Read more

Horsemeat scandal to spur tougher EU food tests

The European Commission has proposed increased DNA testing of meat products to assess the scale of a scandal involving horsemeat sold as beef that has shocked the public and raised concern over the continent’s food supply chains. "The tests will be on DNA in meat products in all member states," European Union health commissioner Tonio […] Read more