Debate Over Live Animal Transport

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Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur on Unsplash Eight EU countries have warned Brussels against proposing a ban on exports of live animals, according to a new document. The paper, written by Portugal and supported by France, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Spain, will be discussed during a ministerial meeting on 30 January.  The group Compassion in World Farming says it…

Red Card for Cameroon

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Photo by Linda Robert on Unsplash The EU Commission has decided to identify Cameroon as a non-cooperating country in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, giving it a so-called ‘red card’.  From now onwards EU Member States shall be able to refuse the importation of fishery products from Cameroon even when accompanied by catch certificates validated by the national authorities….

EU Food Security

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Photo by Nadine Primeau on Unsplash The  EU Commission has published an analysis by Commission services on the main drivers affecting food security. It looks at the effects on food security of drivers such as climate change, environmental degradation, the economic consequences of COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Based on the latest scientific evidence, this analysis identifies different types…

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Exacerbates World Food Prices

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Photo by Simon Goetz on Unsplash The global food price crisis has only been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.  It is actually due to more structural and systemic problems in the commodities market, creating hunger and threatening people’s livelihoods, points out the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in its own initiative opinion, adopted at the December plenary. Fuelled…

Fish Need Protection

The European Commission has received a petition signed by 150,000 people, asking for new standards to protect fish welfare. Over the next few months, the Commission will be reviewing the EU laws for many farmed animals.  Compassion in World Farming, a Brussels based campaign group, says it wants to ensure that specific standards for farmed…

Improving Environmental Impact of Fishing on the Mediterranean

Sustainable fishing

For the first time, the EU and neighbouring countries in the Mediterranean agreed on the establishment of five fully-fledged multiannual management plans (MAPs) based on the principles of the  CFP.  It is a key step in improving the environmental and economic sustainability of fishing in the Mediterranean. The five new MAPs will cover key Mediterranean sub-regions: Alboran Sea in…

Protecting Animals During Transport

The EU’s food watchdog says that current law fails to protect animals during transport – an issue that citizens have long protested against.  The European Food Safety Authority issued five new reports outlining the scientific evidence about the suffering of animals when they are transported – for sale, fattening or slaughter. The scientific opinions cover…

The impact of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine on World Food Security

The international community has been warned it should not rely on the unconditional support of poorer nations in the war against Russia. The stark warning came at a conference in Brussels on the Russian theft of Ukrainian grain produce and the impact this is having on international food prices. The event, organised to highlight the…

Russia’s Great Grain Grab

Russian Theft of Grain

Russia has plundered an estimated 650,000 tonnes of Ukraine wheat since the start of the current war, it has been claimed.  The claim was made by a leading Ukrainian activist, Dmytro Zolotukhin, at a conference in Brussels. Zolotukhin, Director of the Institute for Postinformation Society in Ukraine, appealed to the West to “do more” to…

Proposal to Ban Cages for Farm Animals

sows in cages

Ahead of an upcoming EU Commission proposal to ban cages for farmed animals, the EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has called for an end to the severe restriction of movement of female pigs (sows). At present, the vast majority of sows in the EU spend about half their lives locked in crates so tight, preventing practically all movement apart…