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#EFSA and #ECHA get a tough lesson on the law of the news cycle

#EFSA and #ECHA get a tough lesson on the law of the news cycle

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s safe to say the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) aren’t used to making international headlines. But lately, the EU’s ongoing debate over whether to renew the license for glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world’s most commonly used herbicide, has put them in an uncomfortable spotlight. The controversy over […]

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3 agri ideas win top prizes in East-West Seed’s #InnovationOlympics

3 agri ideas win top prizes in East-West Seed’s #InnovationOlympics

An e-commerce app that hopes to transform smallholder farmers to agri-preneurs by connecting them to input suppliers and buyers of fresh produce.  A solar powered multi-crop dryer for food processing, expected to boost market value of crops, increase farmers’ revenues and cut post-harvest loss. A prototype smart sensor for monitoring soil humidity and automating irrigation […]

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#Endocrine disruptors: adoption of scientific criteria for #biocides

#Endocrine disruptors: adoption of scientific criteria for #biocides

| September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Following the endorsement by Member States, on 4 July, of the scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of pesticides or plant protection products  the European Commission adopted today  the scientific criteria for biocides. This will allow to fully align the criteria in both legislations, as the objective is to have the same criteria […]

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Battling over #glyphosate in Brussels

Battling over #glyphosate in Brussels

| August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

The long-running saga around glyphosate, the active ingredient in popular weed killers like RoundUp, will likely continue to roil Brussels through the German elections in September. Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis has demanded a qualified majority vote on whether to extend the licence for the chemical, despite the fact that all of […]

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Lack of progress in #Brexit planning unacceptable say Welsh farmers

Lack of progress in #Brexit planning unacceptable say Welsh farmers

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has expressed its concern with the slow Brexit planning process and of the apparent lack co-operation between Governments ahead of the Royal Welsh Show. “From the very day after the referendum we have been making some very important points time and time again to ensure that farmers and by implication […]

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#EndocrineDisruptors: Major step towards protecting citizens and environment

#EndocrineDisruptors: Major step towards protecting citizens and environment

Today (4 July), member states’ representatives voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposal on scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products. This is an important step towards greater protection of citizens from harmful substances. Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said: “Today’s vote represents our determination to […]

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Will IARC revisit its #glyphosate monograph?

Will IARC revisit its #glyphosate monograph?

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fresh revelations have raised the heat on the European Commission’s decision last month to re-initiate the procedure for extending the market authorization for the popular weed killer glyphosate. A recent investigation by Reuters revealed that the International Agency on Cancer Research (IARC) failed to take into account the findings of a major study that found […]

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