Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU from EURACTIV's Agrifood news team: Gerardo Fortuna and Natasha Foote
Agrifood Podcast: Gas supply, pesticide cuts ruckus, biostimulants
This week, EURACTIV’s original agrifood duo reunite to bring you the latest on gas supply prioritisation and how member states’ decisions may impact the agrifood sector. We also give you the rundown on the backlash from EU countries over the EU’s ambitions to slash the use and risk of pesticides, and EURACTIV’s Agrifood Editor Gerardo Fortuna travels to Italy to learn all about the world of biostimulants.
Agrifood Podcast: Von der Leyen’s pony, organic awards, Ukrainian bread
This week, EURACTIV’s agrifood team discusses the agenda of the EU agriculture ministers’ meeting in Brussels, including industrial emissions and carnivores - and what this has to do with Ursula von der Leyen’s pony. Yaroslave Bukhta also reports from on the ground at the EU’s newly introduced organic awards, and our flavour of the week is a very special traditional Ukrainian bread called korovai.
State of the Union, fertiliser crisis, deforestation
This week, EURACTIV’s agrifood team comments on the agri-food parts of the State of the Union address delivered by Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and we question agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski about the current crisis in the European fertilisers supplies with agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski. We are also joined by Green MEP Thomas Waitz to dig into the nitty-gritty of the recent vote at the European Parliament on agriculture imports linked to deforestation.
Agrifood Podcast: Energy crisis, solar panels, Cachaça
This week, EURACTIV's agrifood team takes a look at the ways in which the agrifood sector is starting to feel the brunt of the energy crisis, we speak with Andreas Schweiger, professor for plant ecology at the University of Hohenheim, to hear about the ways in which solar panels can be incorporated into the farming sector and the potential problems and opportunities this could bring, and we bring you a very special flavour of the week all the way from Brazil.
Agrifood Podcast: Ukraine update, CAP plans, fiery debates
Hello and welcome back to the EURACTIV Agrifood Podcast! This week we discuss the very first approvals of the Common Agricultural Policy national strategic plans, and we give you a run down of a particularly fiery debate over pesticides in the European Parliament. We also hear from EURACTIV’s very own Yaroslava Bukhta about what has been happening in Ukrainian agriculture in August, and we welcome Mi Young Kwon of the Korean cultural centre to discuss a special Korean festival for our flavour of the week.
Agrifood Podcast: Droughts, derogations & dirty deals
This week in our last agrifood podcast of the season, EURACTIV's agrifood team looks ahead at the key topics of the summer, including the impact that drought is having, and will continue to have, on the agricultural sector across the EU, the Russia-Ukraine grain deal brokered by Turkey and some sneaky dealings around the sustainable use of pesticides regulation. We also speak about the recent proposal to extend derogations to Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) environmental measures into 2023, and the latest on all things CAP plans, the first of which we expect to win approval in early September.
That's all from us this season - we look forward to bringing you the latest EU agriculture news each week back after the summer break!