Posts tagged "European Union"

Peters extolls Irish links

[23 November/Rural News] Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, says New Zealand and Ireland have much to gain by joining forces to pool knowledge, expertise and global connections. The Foreign Minister’s remarks came when he officially opened New Zealand’s Embassy in Dublin. Until now the Irish Republic has been serviced from the NZ High Commission in London....

Fast food versus slow food: A choice of ‘ethics and sustainability’

[24 September/Food Navigator] According to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, the choice between fast and slow food was a question of ethics and sustainability. She said food production needed to become more sustainable and beneficial to small businesses and communities in Europe. She added food waste was a 21st century...

Bayer to appeal neonics verdict

[30 July/EuroFruit] Bayer announced that it would appeal against the ruling by the General Court of the European Union in a case which covered neonicontinoids. The company said it was concerned about the verdict, and the far reaching consequences it could have on the certainty and predictability of active substance approvals in the European Union....

EU and New Zealand launch trade talks in face of trade wars

[21 June/NZ Herald] Trade talks between New Zealand and the European Union have been formally launched in Wellington with the EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, saying she was confident a compromise could be reached on issues such as agriculture. Trade Minister, David Parker, hoped a trade agreement could be in place within two years. It...

Free trade deal with Europe could deliver a $30m windfall for kiwifruit exports

[21 June/Stuff] According to Zespri CEO, Dan Mathieson, a free trade deal with the European Union could offer a $30 million benefit to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. The current tariff into Europe could be removed under the proposed free trade agreement. Mr Mathieson said Korea was a good example of where tariff relief had...

EU votes for outdoor ban on common insecticide over danger to bees

 [28 April/ABC News] European Union countries backed a proposal to ban all outdoor use of insecticides known as neonicotinoids as they can harm bees. European Commission Spokeswoman, Mine Andreeva, said the protection of bees was important as it concerned biodiversity, food production and the environment. Bayer responded by calling the ban a sad day for...

Bayer clears EU hurdle for Monsanto deal with sale to BASF

[21 March/Bloomberg] Bayer AG won European Union approval for its deal to takeover Monsanto Co. As part of the arrangement Bayer will sell BASF various vegetable seeds, pesticides and digital agriculture technology businesses. EU Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said they needed competition to ensure farmers had a choice of different seed varieties and pesticides at...

Agribusiness needs urgent vision

[6 February/Rural News] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, has returned from a recent trip to Europe with a strengthened belief that New Zealand needs a vision and strategic plan for the agribusiness sector.  Having visited a number of countries as well as the Green Week trade show in Berlin, he said the language in Europe is...

Bayer to Face EU Objections to Monsanto Deal in Coming Days

[9 December/ Bloomberg] According to people familiar with the matter, Bayer would receive a statement of objections listing reasons why the European Union’s antitrust regulator could block its proposed USD 66 billion takeover of Monsanto. The list of objections may help the companies by laying out regulators’ concerns so that they could be addressed with...

‘No guarantees’ for red meat trade post-Brexit

[28 November/ Radio New Zealand] Britain’s International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox has been in New Zealand meeting with Foreign Minister, Winston Peters and Trade Minister, David Parker, to discuss the future of post-Brexit trade between the two countries. New Zealand exported about $2 billion of red meat to the European Union and has a tariff-free...

Alternative proteins pose a threat for meat

[27 November/ Otago Daily Times] Rabobank Animal Proteins and Sustainability Analyst, Blake Holgate said the rise of alternative proteins needed to be kept in perspective. Mr Holgate’s statement came after Rabobank released a report showing that alternative proteins were on the verge of becoming mainstream and taking market share from traditional meat products. Alternative protein...

Why France is facing a butter squeeze

[6 November/The Economist] France is in the middle of the worst butter shortage since the second world war. Chefs around the country are lamenting the soaring costs, as butter holds a vital position in French cuisine. Two changes explain the squeeze. In 2015 the European Union ended a quota system for milk-producers. Suppliers were hit...

NZ dairy companies fear common cheese names might be banned

[30 October/Stuff] New Zealand dairy companies are concerned that using names such as mozzarella and parmesan may be banned. The fears come following the recent registration of the cheese term Danbo as a protected geographic indication (GI), meaning only Danish companies will be able to use it. It is thought the European Union may push...

Aussie alpacas stuck in NZ after quarantine mix-up

[12 August/Radio New Zealand National] A refusal by Ministry for Primary Industries to sign off on European Union import regulations has resulted in 92 Australian alpacas, worth over $1 million, being stuck in quarantine in New Zealand. The animals were sent to NZ for quarantine six months ago as EU rules do not permit the...

Commission approves 3 GM soybeans for EU import

[25 July/ Food Navigator] The European Union has authorised three genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be sold for food and feed in Europe. All three of the varieties had received a favourable scientific opinion by the European Food Safety Authority in 2015. The Commission said in a statement that any products produced from the GMOs...

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...

Boris Johnson attacks EU ‘burden’ on UK farming

[1 June/ The Guardian] Former London Mayor, Boris Johnson said farmers would receive the same amount of money from subsidies if Britain left the European Union, while the exit would also bring about deregulation of the farming industry. Mr Johnson explained that unnecessary, outdated rules meant spinal tissue had to be removed from sheep with...

Farmers may see cash at last after EU official offers help to Sturgeon

 [20 May/ The Daily Telegraph] European Union Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan said he had offered to help the Scottish Government get support money to farmers as quickly as possible after an official report warned that Scottish taxpayers could face GBP 125 million in fines for late payment. The support payments were given to farmers to...

‘UK agriculture would thrive outside of EU’

[17 March/ Farmers Weekly] British Farmer, Colin Barker said farmers would be able to farm and trade more freely if they were no longer constrained by the European Union membership. Mr Barker added that they would be able to increase production to meet rising global demand, as well as benefit from more appropriate policies. Mr...

Swedish report urges EU to halve its meat consumption to meet eco goals

[28 February/ Irish Examiner] According to a report by Swedish scholars, David Bryngelsson and Stefan Wirsenius, European Union citizens should eat more poultry and pork instead of protein from dairy. The report said that producing 1 kilogram of protein from dairy would result in emissions four times greater than that for an equivalent amount of...

Further tumble in dairy prices expected

[15 February/ NZ Herald] Dairy prices are expected to fall by up to 10 percent at the global dairy auction this week, as the market continues to suffer from over-production by European Union producers. OM Financial Director, Nigel Brunel said futures market pricing suggested the market would remain soft through to June or July. AgriHQ...

European pork imports seen as risk to NZ

[26 January/ Otago Daily Times] New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter said the resumption of fresh pork imports from Europe posed not only a risk to the pork industry, but to the wider primary sector. Mr Carter said the organisation was not against the importation of meat, but that it was frustrated with the potential...

EU demands Thailand address slavery in its seafood industry

 [19 December/ NZ Herald] The European Union has warned Thailand that it must address the slavery and human rights issues that affect its seafood industry, to avoid a European import ban. European Union Fisheries Commissioner, Karmenu Vella said the union was still assessing whether Thailand has made sufficient progress in tackling both issues. Thailand was...

Thai crackdown on illegal fishing threatens industry

[2 July/ Agence France Presse] Thai Overseas Fisheries Association President, Aphisit Techanitisawad said that more than 5,000 Thai fishing boats have stopped operating out of fear that they will be prosecuted over new rules. Mr Aphisit said factories are already being affected by the reduced catch, with many employees being laid off. Thai Authorities imposed...