Don’t Pursue Economic Growth at Expense of Environment – Report

Pursuing economic growth at the expense of the environment is no longer an option as Europe faces “unprecedented” challenges from climate chaos, pollution, biodiversity loss and the overconsumption of natural resources, according to a report from Europe’s environmental watchdog. Europe was reaching the limits of what could be achieved by …

Carcinogenicity Assessment Was Flawed for 4 out of 10 Pesticides, New Report Shows

A new review of carcinogenicity assessments of pesticide active ingredients shows 40 percent of them are not carried out in compliance with existing European guidelines, leading to possible continued exposure of farmers and consumers to cancer-causing pesticides. In 30 percent of the cases significant details were missing from the dossiers, …

EU Imposes Hen Welfare Standards on Egg Imports for First Time

A trade agreement to import produce into the European Union is set to be conditional upon animal welfare requirements for the first time. Eggs imported from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to member states will only be duty-free if the hens are kept in line with EU standards under the …

EU Aims to Tackle Climate Change With Newly Adopted ‘Green Finance’ Guidelines

Newly adopted guidelines set forth by the European Commission Tuesday aim to tackle climate change by way of the financial sector. The move comes to bolster the success of the Sustainable Action Plan published last year to reorient capital flows toward sustainable investment and manage financial risks from climate change, …

Climate Crisis and Antibiotic Use Could ‘Sink’ Fish Farming Industry – Report

The climate crisis, drug use and feeding farmed fish with wild stocks risks “sinking” the $230bn (£180bn) aquaculture industry, according to an ethical investment network. Fish farms now surpass wild fisheries as the main provider of seafood on our plates, but combined risks from global heating, excessive use of antibiotics, …

EU Sets Out Common Methodology to Measure Food Waste

The European Commission has set out a common methodology for food waste measurement to support member states on quantifying it at each stage of the supply chain. The Delegated Act will ensure coherent monitoring of food waste levels across the EU for more data to be collated to put the …

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Deforestation in Tropical Countries Linked to European Diets in New Study

One-sixth of the carbon footprint of the average diet in the European Union can be directly linked to deforestation in tropical countries, according to a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The study, due to be published in the May 2019 edition of the journal Global …