Possible Europe-wide withdrawal of glyphosate herbicide formulations by Member States

The danger that European growers would not have soon at their disposal many and widely used herbicides containing the active ingredient glyphosate is now visible. This emerged earlier this week when the Commission, following the procedures laid down by European legislation, presented its proposal for renewal of the approval of glyphosate (ending June 30). Representatives of certain Member States opposed to the European Commission’s proposal, despite the fact that there was a positive recommendation from the EFSA (European Authority for Food Safety) with the agreement of experts from all member countries. The matter was referred to the next meeting at which all Member States will express treir position. Continue reading Possible Europe-wide withdrawal of glyphosate herbicide formulations by Member States

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NASA: the drought in eastern Mediterranean is the worst of past 900 years

A research of NASA and of the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York City mentioned that the recent drought that began in 1998 in the eastern Mediterranean, is probably the worst in 900 years. Continue reading NASA: the drought in eastern Mediterranean is the worst of past 900 years

ISO: The EU sugar market outlook post 2017

The International Sugar Organization (ISO) presented to AgroTypos a study on the EU Sugar Market Post 2017. It is about an outlook for sugar production, imports and exports in the context of the 2017 Reform of the EU Sugar Regime. The study has shown that the future abolition of sugar and isoglucose production quotas as well as minimum beet prices from 2017/18 will possibly lead to higher production on the back of a more efficient and leaner industry and relatively profitable margins. This would lead to a reduction in imports of sugar from the EU and to an increase in exports. Continue reading ISO: The EU sugar market outlook post 2017

Olive oil in Brazil

Brazil is the fourth largest importer of olive oil in the world. It is notable that Brazilians use the olive oil only for their own consumption as they do not resell it to other countries. In 2015, because of the economic crisis and the significant devaluation of the “real” against the “US dollar” and the “euro”, the country’s olive oil imports fell by 23.2%. Chile, Turkey, Argentina and Greece recorded higher losses in olive oil exports to Brazil than the average, while only Tunisia’s exports increased because of the lowest price per kilo. On the other hand the top olive oil exporting countries in Brazil are Portugal (57%) and Spain (21%). Continue reading Olive oil in Brazil

Effect of feeding cows genetically modified maize on their health

A study, led by the French Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini from the University of Caen, examined the possible effect of the use of Genetically Modified (GM) feed on animal health by testing 70 cows. It is about the longest study ever made concerning this controversial issue. According to the Professor GM maize produces a new modified insecticide like all Bt plants do. Bt stands for Bacillus thuringiensis of which mutated insecticidal toxin gene is inserted in the modified maize. It is mentioned that GM Bt maize is cultivated in Spain and a thorough study shows that it is most probably toxic to cows over the long term and could cause problems related to kidneys and mammary gland break. Continue reading Effect of feeding cows genetically modified maize on their health

Commissioner Hogan in Strasbourg presented simplification measures of penalty system for direct payments

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Simplification measures of penalty system in the case of incorrect declarations for direct payments were presented by the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Phil Hogan in Strasbourg. Mr. Hogan listed the latest measures which would “eliminate the climate of fear” prevailing with the current penalty point system. According to him the simplification package consists of three complementary elements a) preliminary checks of aid applications b) simplified system of administrative penalties for direct payments c) a ”yellow card” system for first offenders. Continue reading Commissioner Hogan in Strasbourg presented simplification measures of penalty system for direct payments

Yogurt UK market at a glance

For the period of January-November 2015, Greek yogurt exports to the United Kingdom amounted 28.76 million pounds up 24.35% from the same period of the previous year. This fact ranks Greece second after France in yogurt supplies to the UK. In total, Greek white yogurt exports to the UK accounted for 90% in the period 2011-2014. Moreover, other categories of yogurt products with fruits or nuts steadily raised their market share from 5.37% in 2011 to 13.01% in 2014 and 16.25% in the first eleven months of 2015, with the value of exports soaring from 721 thousands pounds in 2011 to 4.0 million pounds (1 euro = 0.77 pound). Continue reading Yogurt UK market at a glance

European Commission welcomes the export of apples and pears from the EU to the the US

European Commission welcomes the agreement of the EU and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for exports of apples and pears. On a technical, phytosanitary level the EU and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) agreed a specific protocol of measures to be taken by growers of apples and pears and competent authorities in the EU Member States. The next step is the publishment of the draft rule for public consultation. According to the European Commission an effective approval should be possible before the next season starting September 2016, but it will require full engagement and commitment by all parties. Continue reading European Commission welcomes the export of apples and pears from the EU to the the US

Netherlands: 2015 a record year for cucumbers and tomatoes

2015 was recorded as an easy year for Dutch growers of pepper, tomato and cucumber. Although the Russian products boycott, Dutch profits doubled in 2015 compared with the previous year, based on a research of the University of Wageningen, LEI. The fact that the average earnings in fruit and vegetables sector was about 274,000 euros this year, 126% more than in 2014, is mainly a coincidence. The sector had been prepared for a difficult year as Moscow, in August 2014, banned imports from the EU of a wide range of agricultural and food products including milk, meat, butter, cheese, potatoes, vegetables and fruit in retaliation for EU sanctions after Russia’s annexation of the Crimean. Continue reading Netherlands: 2015 a record year for cucumbers and tomatoes

Agriculture and international trade at the heart of the Netherlands Presidency

Agriculture and the development of trade between the EU and third countries should be one of the central issues to be addressed by the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). More specifically, during its presidency the Netherlands will focus on the EU negotiations for bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), including with the US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; (TTIP) and the agreement with Japan. Regarding the agriculture, the Netherlands will try to simplify the CAP, in order to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burden on European farmers. Moreover, it will monitor closely sectors of concern, such as dairy and pig industry. On 1 January the Netherlands took over the presidency of the Council of the EU after a successful presidency held by Luxembourg, while in the first half of the year the presidency will pass to Slovakia. Continue reading Agriculture and international trade at the heart of the Netherlands Presidency

The Belgian wine market

The Belgian wine market has clearly many prospects, as Belgium is the 12th in the global wine consumption and the seventh largest importer, as well, given that its own production is very low. According to a recent Belgian research (December 2015) multiculturalism and multi-ethnicity in the composition of its population makes Belgium an ideal market for opportunities and prospects to test products in the international market. Continue reading The Belgian wine market

Wine consumption is declining in Europe

The wine consumption is declining in Europe, while China and USA are expected to be the top countries in the world ranking wine consumption by 2027 based on a study for wine conducted by Coface. The main conclusions among others are that China and USA will be the main demand countries for wine, while Europe remains the first in wine production and exports, reaching a proportion of 60% in both. Continue reading Wine consumption is declining in Europe

Climate Change and Terrorism

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP 21, is being held in Paris, France, from the 30th of November to 11th of December. Earlier, from the 18th to 21st of November, the XII International media forum on the protection of nature took place in Rieti, Italy. According to what was presented in Rieti, it is important to understand that what is really at stake in Paris is the future of humanity and that the issue of climate change is a complex scientific, political and economic situation. Continue reading Climate Change and Terrorism

Organic and toxic free tobacco by the co-operative Union of Tobacco producers in Greece

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One of the basic concerns in tobacco growing, in the promotion and in the overall industry, is the health of the smoker. Given that, new agronomic techniques are needed that allow the production of better quality tobacco, exempted from any toxic agrochemical remains. In line with this, the co-operative Union of Tobacco producers in Greece (SEKE SA) is the first tobacco company that initiated organic tobacco production in Greece. Moreover, SEKE continues to expand production to cover the demand of organic Basma as well. Continue reading Organic and toxic free tobacco by the co-operative Union of Tobacco producers in Greece

Brussels, 1-2/12/2015: EU Agricultural Outlook Conference

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A two-day EU Agricultural Outlook Conference will be held on December 1st and 2nd 2015, in Brussels and will provide an opportunity for a broad exchange of views on the state of agriculture, and the global issues that lie ahead. On the first day of the conference, Mr. Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Mr. Tom Vilsack, US Secretary for Agriculture, will discuss the challenges facing the farm sector. Continue reading Brussels, 1-2/12/2015: EU Agricultural Outlook Conference

Coloured potatoes: a significant antioxidant source in human nutrition even as snacks

Coloured potatoes a significant antioxidant source

Potatoes, due to consumed amount, are considered as one of the major sources of antioxidant compounds in the human diet. Moreover, in recent years, there has been an increasing interest in potato varieties with coloured flesh, mainly because of their high anthocyanin content. Given that diets rich in anthocyanins and other related phenolic compounds have been associated with a reduced incidence and severity of certain kinds of cancer and heart disease, coloured potatoes could be preferred in the diet even as processed foods, such as snacks, as a natural source of antioxidants. Continue reading Coloured potatoes: a significant antioxidant source in human nutrition even as snacks

New olive crop management practices for climate change mitigation via the European program LIFE oLIVE-CLIMA

New olive crop management practices for climate change mitigation via the European program LIFE oLIVE-CLIMA

The second year of the European program LIFE oLIVE-CLIMA entitled “Introduction of new olive crop management practices for climate change mitigation and adaptation” has successfully closed in Greece. Agrotypos is one of the main participants of this program, involved with training and dissemination. The completion of the oLIVE-CLIMA program will allow farmers across Greece and abroad –via newsletters and English subtitled videos– to adapt their cultivation practices in a way that allows them not only to mitigate greenhouse gases emissions, but also to become more resilient to climate change. Continue reading New olive crop management practices for climate change mitigation via the European program LIFE oLIVE-CLIMA

Land and Soil Management Award 2015/16 for good agriculture and environmental conditions

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Sustainable land and soil management is central to improve our food systems, maintain a healthy environment and ensure European rural development. According to European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) soils are part of Europe’s greatest treasures, thus, it is important to promote and reward practices, which contribute to their protection. In line with that, ELO organizes Land and Soil Management Award 2015/16 and invites farmers, landowners, land managers, groups of farmers, on their own or in collaboration with research institutes, universities and/or private companies to participate. Continue reading Land and Soil Management Award 2015/16 for good agriculture and environmental conditions

The World Food Life Cycle Assessments Database project for robust environmental assessments and communications

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The World Food Life Cycle Assessments Database (WFLDB), an international and multi-stakeholder project lead by Agroscope and Quantis, has delivered 900 accurate and transparent food datasets for improved Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and environmental communications. LCA is a scientific method used to quantify environmental impacts throughout all activities occurring over the life cycle of a product or service, from extracting natural resources to managing generated waste. An LCA dataset consists of all inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, machinery, water, energy carriers, transport) used for production of a commodity and the resulting emission to air, water and soil from the production and use of the inputs. The goal of the WFLDB project is to develop and maintain the first comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of food datasets.

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Macfrut Forum 2015: a meeting focused on technology and retail

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The 2015 edition of Macfrut, the Fruit and Vegetable Professional Show, is scheduled to begin in less than a month, on 23-25 September in Rimini Fiera of Italy. Macfrut 2015 is getting ready to offer visitors from all over the world a series of programmed events dedicated to the fruit and vegetable supply chain, starting on the day before the official opening of the trade fair. Specifically on 22 of September, a preview of the international exhibition will be held at Cesena Fiera where retailers and operators will share their experiences in the three sessions of the meeting. Continue reading Macfrut Forum 2015: a meeting focused on technology and retail

What could carob, hazelnuts and alginate possibly have in common?

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Have you ever wonder what could carob, hazelnuts and alginate possibly have in common? The answer is a tasty idea called “Carobites”, a “Ready-To-Eat, sweet, on the go snack of high nutritional value based on carob combined with the innovative technology of edible coatings”. It is about a high nutritional product, consisting of approximately 60% carob and carob derivatives and 20% of hazelnut that is coated by a tasteless alginate derived edible coating. Continue reading What could carob, hazelnuts and alginate possibly have in common?

Good prospects for further Greek horticultural exports to India

In an exclusive interview to AgroTypos, Dr. Jagvir Singh Yadav, the Chief Director of the «Premium Farm Fresh Produce Ltd» in India, referred to the way of operation of Indian vegetable market, the criteria for cooperation with producers, the fruit and vegetable trade in the market of New Delhi and the prospects for cooperation with Greece. The «Premium Farm Fresh Produce Ltd» company is a member of WUWM (World Union Of Wholesale Markets) and forms the first attempt to establish private wholesale markets across India. Continue reading Good prospects for further Greek horticultural exports to India