EU Fisheries Policy

EU Fisheries Policy

Campaigners have responded to the May 11th vote by the EU Parliament PECH Committee on the implementation of Article 17 of the Common Fisheries Policy  which aims to incentivise fishing in the most sustainable manner by giving priority access to resources,Rebecca Hubbard, Programme Director for Our Fish said, “Our Fish welcomes the outcome of the…

Growth of Organic Farming

Organic Farming

Organic farming will grow if the market grows, say centre right MEPs. They say the EU must support farmers to increase organic production and also consumers to find their way to these products. That is the message from Austrian EPP Group Member Simone Schmiedtbauer, the Parliament’s author of the EU action on organic farming.  “Organic…

Famine is a Tool of Global Warfare in Russia’s Playbook

global food crisis

After a resounding defeat in their first clash with the Ukrainian army, the Russian military leadership has significantly revised their war strategy. Now Russia, with the help of remote missile strikes, is systematically destroying oil depots and granaries throughout Ukraine. The tactical and technical characteristics of Russian ballistic missiles make it possible to hit a…

The HALO Trust Working Tirelessly to Save Lives

Ukraine Refugee Crisis

HALO is a leading British charity that is helping to save civilian lives in Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion.  The world has witnessed the indiscriminate use of weapons of war raining down on civilians, cities and streets. Families in Ukraine have already endured eight years of conflict, following Russia’s annexation of the…

Review of Animal Welfare Legislation

Animal Welfare

The European Commission  has released a report of the public consultation in the context of the revision of the animal welfare legislation. “These results serve as additional confirmation of what EU citizens have been repeatedly calling out loud. We sincerely hope this clear demonstration of compelling public interest will serve as driver of ambition for the…

Russia’s War Against Ukraine Will Drive the World to Starvation

Ukraine cereal crops

The aggression of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine is driving up international food prices that will rapidly threaten the world with global famine. Ukraine is the fifth largest wheat exporter in the world, accounting for 10% of the global market. The country is one of the leading suppliers of corn with a…

EU To Increase Food Production

Food security

The EU has been told to increase food production in order to stave off possible food shortages. “The European Commission must take a clear line to support European farmers to grow as much food as possible now”, said Herbert Dorfmann MEP, the EPP Group Spokesman in the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee. “The Russian attack on…

Suffering of Animals Exported from EU

animal transport

Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and Animals International (AI) have witnessed how an old, former cargo ship with nearly 8,000 animals on board needed to be replaced while at sea. Inadequate European legislation and its poor implementation regularly lead to prolonged suffering of animals exported outside the EU. On February 23rd,…

Brussels flexes its Mussels, Opening Transatlantic Trade in Shellfish

Mussels in Brussels

As from the end of this month, trade in shellfish – such as mussels, clams, oysters and scallops – will resume between the EU and the US.  Two EU Member States (Spain and the Netherlands) will be allowed to export shellfish to the US, whilst two American states (Massachusetts and Washington) can do the same…

Fishing in the North Pacific?

EU fishermen could expand their fishing activities to the North Pacific Ocean already this year. The EU Committee on Fisheries agreed today to give consent to membership for the fishing convention in this area. MEPs voted unanimously (26-0) in favour of the report by MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen, which proposes opening up the northern pacific to…