Stories of the week
EU U-turns on ‘unsafe’ common food additive linked with cancer risk
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has deemed titanium dioxide, a widely used food additive, to be unsafe in its latest study, contradicting an earlier conclusion and paving the way for an EU-wide ban after a decade of debate. Natasha Foote has the story.
After the publication of EFSA’s opinion, the European Commission has said that it will now propose to member states the withdrawal of Titanium Dioxide from the union list of food additives and that discussions with member states will start this month.
The EU’s highest court has ruled that the European Commission was entitled to restrict the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides linked with bee decline after an attempt to overturn the decision from the agrochemical company Bayer. Natasha Foote has more.
Dried yellow mealworms have become the first edible insect to get the go-ahead for marketing authorisation in the EU after receiving the approval of member states in a landmark decision. Gerardo Fortuna has the details.
Animal breeding has been neglected in the conversation on tackling the looming global crisis of antimicrobial resistance, according to Green MEP Sarah Wiener, who stressed a need to focus on breeding animals for resilience over productivity. Read more.
News from the bubble
Carbon capture: A new project, AgriCaptureCO2, was launched this week to support farmers on the journey to regenerative agriculture by building a community of practice and promoting exchange between farmers, scientists, businesses, and other relevant actors, as well as peer-to-peer knowledge sharing between farmers.
Pig farming support: The European Commission has approved a €13 million Latvian scheme to support pig farmers and a €3.6 million Slovenian scheme to support pig breeders affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Two heads better than one: The EU and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have agreed to increase joint efforts to transform agri-food systems, in order to make them more inclusive, efficient, resilient and sustainable. Learn more.
End the Cage Age: The Greens submitted their amendments for the resolution on the End the Cage Age initiative to ban cage farming in the EU this week.
10 May – Vice President Timmermans and Commissioner Wojciechowski will participate in ENRD’s seminar ‘Getting the CAP Strategic Plans done: the voice of regions and stakeholders’
10 May – There is an AGRI Committee meeting from 16.45 to 18.00, including a debate on the CAP reform package
10 May – The ENVI committee will how a public hearing on “new GM techniques in the food sector: impacts on health and the environment?”. The Committee will also present an implementation report on on-farm animal welfare
11 May – There is a Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) online workshop on the health and economic benefits of microbiomes