The European Commission remains unresponsive to the problem of food waste

The European Commission remains unresponsive to the problem of food waste

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has just published a report on how the EU is tackling food waste, and the conclusion hasn’t been positive. The ECA considers that the European Commission is not doing much to combat this global problem; actually, its ambition it’s believed to have dicreased over time. The Commission, says the ECA, lacks coordination and a common definition for food waste. Besides, its policies should […]

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EU and Canada’s deal CETA is set in motion, but stumbles in its first steps

EU and Canada’s deal CETA is set in motion, but stumbles in its first steps

After 8 years of negotiations, CETA is now a (provisional) reality approved by the EU and Canadian governments. We say provisional because now the accord needs several steps to progress. Firstly, it has to be ratified by the European Parliament; secondly, by all the parliaments of the 28 member states (and in some countries, also the regional parliaments). However, it will immediately come into force no matter when […]

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Scary figures: 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkins are dumped every Halloween

Scary figures: 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkins are dumped every Halloween

As Halloween gets closer, the sales of pumpkins increase more and more. We all know what the destiny of those squashes is: to be emptied and carved, becoming an element of evil appearence with its own thoughts. The main purpose is to give a cool touch to our houses for this night of celebration. But what happens next is not cool at all; most of those […]

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Why we should reduce our excessive consumption of bottled water

Why we should reduce our excessive consumption of bottled water

The fact of buying bottled water in a convenience store may seem a harmless action, and most of us don’t even think of the consequences that such a mundane gesture does indeed have. According to James Salzman, the author of Drinking Water: A History, bottled-water craze began with a TV spot launched by Perrier at the end of the 70’s. The charming voice of Orson Welles opened a […]

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Seeds and agrochemical business to be in hands of three mega-firms

Seeds and agrochemical business to be in hands of three mega-firms

Something is happening in the agri-food industry: six of the biggest worldwide companies have decided to merge in pairs at once. Last July, Dow Chemical and DuPont made the announcement of their 59$ million merger. One month later, in August, China National Chemical Corp. received a thumbs up by U.S. authorities to acquire Swiss company Syngenta. Finally, after several months of negotiations, Bayer confirmed $66 […]

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