Posts tagged "EU"

Impossible burger becomes just… impossible

[3 July/Rural Life] The EU’s recent proposed ban on the use of terms like burger, sausage or steak to describe non-meat-based products reflects the global surge in popularity of faux-meat products. The intention of the EU agricultural committee in delineating plant-based products is to ensure consumers are protected from possible mis-labelling and confusion as these...

Rabobank Lists Scenarios for U.K. Food Under No-Deal Brexit

[26 January/Bloomberg] Rabobank’s analysts have sought to predict what could happen to British and European agriculture under a no-deal Brexit. Amongst well known effects like faster UK food inflation due to a weaker pound, and spoiled produce due to border delays, the bank listed lesser publicised effects in their report including surplus grain supplies and...

Ardern acknowledges hard Brexit could be difficult for New Zealand businesses

[21 January/NZ Herald] While in London, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledged if Britain left the European Union (EU) on 29 March with a hard exit and no deal in place, it would be damaging for New Zealand businesses. If this scenario eventuates the New Zealand government’s focus would be on supporting businesses through the shift....

NZ lamb prices break over $8/kg – highest on record

[5 August/NZ Herald] New Zealand lamb prices have reached their highest level ever. General Manager Livestock and Shareholder Services at Alliance Group, Heather Stacy, said the co-operative has a minimum price starting in September of $8.20 which was the highest it had ever paid. She expected prices to pull back after the traditional Christmas period....

Egg producers shell out

[20 March/Rural News Group] According to the NZ Poultry Industry Association, law changes that require the end of battery and colony cages will cost up to $1 million for smaller farmers and up to $60 million for larger companies. Their Executive Director, Michael Brooks, said that by late 2022 all battery cages will need to...

Irish Farmers’ Association warns of Brexit impact

[15 February/Global Meat News] A report prepared for the Irish Government on the impacts of Brexit on Ireland’s trade and economy paints a very stark picture for food and farming in the country according to the Irish Farmers Association.  The report looks at various trading models that the EU could adopt with Britain moving forward...

Council backs new rules on EU organic production

[20 November/Food Navigator] The EU has made rule changes in the organic farming industry to reflect the significant changes that have taken place over the past two decades. The reforms intend to harmonise rules on production, ensure third countries comply with non-EU organic production, reduce red tape for farmers, and make it easier for new...

Leaked EU memo suggests ‘all-Ireland’ agri-food trade but farmers reject NI-UK trade barriers

[6 October/ Farming UK] A leaked EU Brexit memo has suggested agricultural trade could be made on an all-Ireland basis when the UK leaves the European Union. The memo reportedly came from the office of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The memo suggests that agricultural products may be treated separately to cross-border trade subject...

‘Underestimated’ water scarcity could hit the EU confectionery market

[1 August/ Food Navigator] A study carried out as part of EU-funded project IMPREX (Improving Predictions and Management of Hydrological Extremes) said agricultural commodities vital to Europe’s confectionery industry such as sugarcane, hazelnuts and almonds are vulnerable to water scarcity in the near term. It measured water availability in countries the EU relied on for...

Cutting through Brexit: delivering a platform of pain with the potential to build a stronger future for Britain and its partners

We are now over a week on from the vote that could never happen.  The outcome that nobody saw coming, despite it being in plain view of all for months.  So much has been written and said about Brexit over the last week that I thought long and hard about adding my reflections to the...