How do agribusiness corporations impact decisions on our food system?
In this new EU Watchdog episode we discuss why and how it is possible that the European Parliament and ministers of Agriculture recklessly decided this week - under influence of the powerful agro-chemical lobby to go for the destructive status quo on European agriculture. Also we hear about the latest international scientific position on the needed paradigm shift when it comes to agriculture and food systems. And we hear from the perspective of farmers already practicing the sustainable farming methods.
The EU’s current model of agriculture directs billions in EU taxpayers’ money to fuel climate change, destroy biodiversity, and even undermine farmers’ livelihoods. While the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is approaching a key vote, freedom of information requests show that farmers and agribusiness lobby group Copa-Cogeca, along with pesticides and food industry giants, are doing their best to stop the CAP reform from aligning with the new Farm to Fork strategy of the Green Deal.
Corporate Europe Observatory filed a complaint to the Register regarding the inaccurate, low-ball lobby spending figures declared by both Monsanto and its lobby firm FleishmanHillard. In response the Register’s secretariat has now announced it will present new guidelines to make sure registrants will include their lobbying spending at national level if it concerns EU policy-making. This should generate a far more realistic picture of corporate lobby spending in the EU.
A detailed summary of the findings and conclusions of two extensive reports on research public-private partnerships in the EU: the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and the Bio-Based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertakings.
BBI is a public-private partnership between lobby groups representing the agribusiness, forestry, biotechnology, chemical, and fossil fuel industries on the one hand, and the European Commission’s DG Research & Innovation, ostensibly to help build a “sustainable low-carbon economy”.
Regulatory authorities worldwide rely on the certified standard of "Good Laboratory Practice" (GLP) for authorising chemicals. This standard provides for strict documentation requirements and regular internal and external controls. However, the fraud scandal involving a GLP-certified German contract laboratory shows that this trust is unlikely to be justified.
If you can’t beat them, join them. Perhaps this was the thinking behind consultants and lobbyists working for the agrochemical and food industry, who have joined the newly created European Food Forum, a so-called MEP-industry forum. In this article the role of the European Food Forum is examined in detail.
While pesticide corporations, their allied farm lobbies, and right wing politicians to use the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to try to shoot holes in the Farm to Fork Strategy, we call on you to sign the European Citizens’ Initiative 'Save Bees And Farmers'.
More than 100 civil society organisations demand a stop to trade talks with the US that will further endanger EU rules on health and the environment and aggravate the climate crisis. A change of course is needed.
A new investigation reveals how pesticide corporations and trade partners have put immense pressure on the EU to allow residues of certain hazardous pesticides - banned in Europe - to be present in food and feed imports.
Recent evidence supports widely held suspicions that much larger sums of money are spent by corporations on lobbying than what they declare in their entries to the EU Joint Transparency Register. A report by law firm Sidley Austin, published by Bayer, revealed details of a lobbying contract between lobby firm FleishmanHillard and Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, worth €14.5 million. This is multiple times the lobby spending declared by both companies in the register.
Fertilizer company Yara has been dubbed the Exxon of agriculture due to its thirst for fossil gas. This article looks at the many channels of influence used by Yara and its lobby network, specifically in the European Union (EU).
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