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World News: Belgium
Belgium | 20 January 2015
GM crop vote was just the beginning of Europe's biotech battle

Scientists, politicians and activists expect the first commercially cultivated GM crops to be planted in England in 2017 after an EU vote for new GM crop rules last week, but the battle for biotechnol...


Belgium | 14 January 2015
New EU regulation could curb organic farming

As demand for organic products continues to grow among Europeans, the supply of sustainably manufactured and animal-friendly foods is struggling to keep up, experts indicate, warning that a new EU ame...


Belgium | 22 July 2013
Monsanto pulls out of EU

Biotech giant Monsanto has formally announced it will no longer be pursuing approval for the production of new biotechnology crops in Europe. The European Union has proved to be the strongest basti...


Belgium | 25 June 2013
EU to save billions of euros in farm subsidies cut

The European Union is set to save billions of euros over the next seven years by slashing large farm subsidy payments by nearly half. After representatives of the European Parliament, EU government...


Belgium | 18 March 2013
EU ministers in crunch talks on changes to farm payments

The most vital negotiations for years on the future of EU payments for farmers begin this morning in Brussels with member states going head to head on the €400bn budget. Ireland has secured €1.5bn ...


Belgium | 14 March 2013
After landmark CAP vote, the hard work begins

MEPs exercised their power to shape agricultural policy for the first time on Wednesday (13 March), voting to adopt a controversial package of legislation that now faces a fresh round of negotiations ...


Belgium | 27 November 2012
Dairy farmers’ protest in milk

Thousands of dairy farmers protested over low prices yesterday, choking traffic into Brussels with hundreds of tractors and spraying EU headquarters and police with milk. Farmers from several EU na...


Belgium | 22 November 2012
Farmers locked in food production vs. pollution trade-off

Agriculture remains a major threat to water quality in Europe, according to the latest report by the European Union’s environmental agency. But farmers and EU policymakers are also quick to highlight ...


Belgium | 20 November 2012
Green farming agenda faces EU budget axe

Some EU national governments and lawmakers are pushing to weaken proposals intended to create natural defences against pesticides and fertilisers in crop fields. But they should reconsider their oppos...


Belgium | 19 November 2012
EU budget summit faces collapse

The European Union looks set for fresh trouble this week as an extraordinary summit called to agree a long-term trillion-euro budget heads for an ugly showdown, possibly even failure. Already weake...


Belgium | 12 October 2012
MEPs reject eight-hour journey limit

The European Parliament’s agricultural committee has rejected calls for an eight-hour journey time limit for animals destined for slaughter. In confused voting on a non-legislative report on animal...


Belgium | 13 July 2012
After July battery eggs will be destroyed

Belgium’s Federal Animal Welfare Authority has informed the Farmer’s Association that the transition period for switching from battery cages to enriched cages and alternative systems will end the 31st...


Belgium | 29 March 2012
Sheep tagging at top of agenda in Brussels

George Lyon, MEP, is leading a delegation today from the National Sheep Association (NSA) Scotland and NFU Scotland to a meeting with senior officials at the European Commission in Brussels...