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Pesticides - An explosive cocktail

Thanks to the Greens, EU legislation on pesticides has been significantly strengthened. Pesticides that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or damage reproduction will be phased out in Europe, unless exposure to them is negligible. Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances (PBTs) will not b...
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Food or fuels?

Agro-fuel euphoria - a threat for global food security A shift of investments and land from food to fuel production puts global food security at a serious risk. Agro-fuels produced from grain, oilseeds and sugarcane - misleadingly called biofuels - result in an unsustainable use of land, water and e...
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Organic food - discounted?

Organic agriculture - a benchmark for sustainable development Over the past decades organic agriculture has become a benchmark for sustainable farming practices and responsible consumption of food. Organic farming includes the protection of nature and animals as well as the conservation and use of b...
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Don't be bullied on genetically modified food

GM food is not only bananas – it could become big business if people who invest in GMOs and biotechnology get their way. From the test-tube to the dinner plate GM food would be controlled by a handful of super-powerful organisations. Almost all GM crops currently released belong to four companies:...
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Do you know where your dinner was last night?

Our food is being transported over very long distances, only because some ingredients are a bit cheaper here or a certain processing industry works a bit cheaper there. Live animals are tortured on long distant transports because the meat industry wants to reduce costs. Concentration of the food ind...
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What would you grind for your cup of coffee?

Free trade in food comes at a big price for the developing world. At the World Trade Organisation (WTO) the world's most powerful trade forces have demanded access to the markets of the less powerful. They want to be able to buy cheaper raw materials like coffee, sugar and cocoa beans while at ...
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Cheaper than dogfood

Cheap food is a myth. In Europe and the US state subsidies have encouraged farmers and the food industry to produce more than their markets can absorb. Too much meat, cereals and sugar have reduced prices and income for farmers worldwide, and at the same time subsidised transnational trade companies...
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Some sweets are good for kids

The food we eat every day contains increasing levels of sugar, fat and artificial additives. For children especially this is unhealthy and likely to shorten their life expectancies. While public concern over obesity rises, political pressure on the food industry remains insufficient to remedy Europe...
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No to the European Single Tomato

Europe is losing its rich and diverse food culture. 'Protect biodiversity – eat it!' is one of our slogans and we endeavour to promote and support activities and cooperation between farmers, breeders and consumers throughout Europe.