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…

EU Food Security Measures

EU Food Security

Following a request from EU Member States, the European Commission is proposing a temporary short-term derogation from rules on crop rotation and maintenance of non-productive features on arable land.  The impact of such measure will depend on the choice made by Member States and farmers, but it will maximise the EU’s production capacity for cereals…

“End the Cage Age” Calls to Ban Caged Farming

End the Cage Age

World Farming has released a major new undercover investigation showing the “immense suffering caged female pigs continue to endure.” Powerful new footage obtained as part of a major European investigation into 16 farms across Poland, France, Italy and Spain – including those supplying ‘premium’ hams such as Parma and Bayonne – is said to reveal…

Agriculture Committee to visit Ukraine Poland Border

Norbert Lins

A delegation from the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, led by Chair Norbert Lins, will travel to the Polish-Ukrainian border on 20-21 June. During the visit, MEPs will visit the Medyka (rail) and Korczowa (road) border crossings to assess the import of Ukrainian agricultural commodities and the potential for alternative routes. The capacity for…

Pesticide Glyphosate May Cause Cancer#HEAL,

Glyphosate

A new report shows that scientific evidence proving that glyphosate is carcinogenic has so far been dismissed in the EU scientific assessment that will form the basis for the re-approval discussion of its EU market license. The “serious scientific shortcomings and distortions in the interpretation of EU and international scientific standards” highlighted in the report…

Ban Live Export Awareness Day 2022

On the occasion of Ban Live Exports Awareness Day 2022, 15 Members of the European Parliament joined together in calling on the European Union to ban the export of live farmed animals to third countries. The MEPs, representing various EU member states and political parties,  says they “recognise the suffering and terrible conditions that the animals…