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Guest post by Helen Parker, Business analyst and legal advisor. After milk quotas, market fluctuations, EU-induced overproduction, free trade deals facing more competitive United States producers, and impossible red tape, EU farmers may be in for yet another challenge, with the possible introduction of very restrictive limits on the cadmium in their phosphate fertilizers, which… » read more

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Guest blog post by Blanche Magarinos-Rey, Attorney at the Paris Bar Legislative discussions around the new regulation on organic farming have been going on for almost two and a half years. A record in the history of the European Union. The 18th and very long trilogue of 28 June 2017 ended the negotiations between the… » read more

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Glyphosate: le scandale enfle

Post en tant qu’invité par Marcel Kuntz, directeur de recherche au CNRS   Une tribune d‘Euractiv ( a déjà révélé les soubassements de la campagne d’interdiction du glyphosate. Ces faits, mis au jour en juillet 2017, ne semblent pas avoir touchés le personnel politique européen. Ont-ils besoin de plus d’éléments ? Eh bien justement, il… » read more

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Guest post by Marcel Kuntz, researcher at CNRS France   A column in Euractiv ( has already revealed the story behind the glyphosate ban campaign. These facts, brought to light in July 2017, did not seem to reach European politicians. One may ask: what more do they need? Well, actually there is more…   Summary… » read more

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Guest post by Harriet Bradley, EU Agriculture & Bioenergy Policy Officer at BirdLife If Aristotle were alive today, I’d like to imagine that he’d be right here in Brussels, giving open-air philosophy lectures at Place du Luxembourg. He would find no shortage here of topical analogies; only the other week we were given a first-hand… » read more

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Guest post by Roberto Defez, molecular microbiologist at the Institute of Bioscience and BioResources, Italian National Research Council. Agriculture is at a turning point. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis (Health) and Phil Hogan (Agriculture) are sitting on two running horses approaching a crossroad. There is no middle road. They have to decide whether to keep research on… » read more

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Guest blog post by Jean-François Platon, a chemical engineer with more than 40 years of experience working in the food and cosmetics sectors, and an administrator at the AFECG (French Alliance for the Study of Fats. How will President Emmanuel Macron’s government handle the populist debate around science and regulation in France? The early signs… » read more

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Thoughts from Lausanne

Guest blog post by Franc Bogovic MEP. I recently accepted an invitation from Nestlé to visit their research facilities in Lausanne. Food looks deceptively simple. People are making yoghurts, biscuits, ice creams for ages. The processes are always the same: boiling, steaming, churning, drying, freezing… Nothing high tech about it. And yet, why is Nestlé… » read more

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