11/11. What about a sustainable Christmas?
Latest – 22 December 2021
The Christmas edition of Food for Europe looks at festive foods and farm products from the perspective of sustainability, tradition and quality. We travel to Charente-Maritimes in France to meet an oyster farmer whose bivalves benefit from an EU Protected Geographical Indication. We meet Julia and Wesley, butchers in Brussels selling slow-growing, forage-feeding turkeys. We hear from master chocolatier Pierre Marcolini as he manages the mad Christmas rush. And we meet Anne-Sophie, who cultivates Christmas trees in the Ardennes.
10/11. #Foodsecurity: is Europe ready to face the next crises?
9 December 2021
In response to the supply chain issues experienced in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, EU leaders have developed a food security contingency plan to safeguard the EU’s food supply in the event of new natural or man-made crises.
The tenth episode of Food for Europe looks at the issues at play in creating a plan fit for all events. Like the effects of climate change, cyberattacks, earthquakes, volcanos, crop failure or nuclear accidents. We examine the lessons to be learned from what went right – and wrong − during the pandemic.
Our guests in this episode include Michael Scannell, Deputy Director General at the Commission’s Department of Agriculture & Rural Development; crisis management expert David Horobin; and Valentina Zanetti, an Italian dairy farmer and cheese producer who weathered the many storms that Covid brought.
9/11. Agriculture: the hot potato at the WTO’s ministerial conference
25 November 2021
The ninth episode of Food for Europe looks at the European Union’s approach to the WTO Ministerial Conference from the perspective of trade in food and farm commodities: what’s at stake, the points of contention, and prospects for resolving the disputes hampering the WTO from functioning.
Our guests on this episode include John Clarke and Ignacio Garcia from the Commission’s DG AGRI and DG TRADE respectively, and we also hear from Jean-Marie Paugam, the deputy director-general of the WTO, a member of the new management team leading the organisation into MC12.
Our field report comes from Luxlait, a dairy cooperative in Luxembourg that exports its products to the highly competitive markets of China and Africa, and is therefore heavily dependent on a rules-based system that enables fair competition and high standards.
8/11. Digital technology, the farmer's lucky star
11 November 2021
Our latest episode focuses on the digitalisation of agriculture in the EU. We hear from one enterprising cereal farmer in Ireland who has seen his yields grow as the time he spends on repetitive tasks in the field declines, and speak to a scientist at the European Space Agency who is developing space-based tools for agriculture. A cattle breeder in Estonia also explains how she uses digital tools to monitor the well-being of her livestock from meetings hundreds of kilometres away.
7/11. Farm to Fork: opportunities and challenges
28 October 2021
The Farm to Fork strategy aims to transform our food system and enable Europe’s farmers to produce food in a way that enhances our natural environment. Following the second annual Farm to Fork conference in October, this episode looks at how the Farm to Fork vision is promoting new solutions to old problems at farm level, and how those solutions can sometimes be found from unlikely sources.
Our field report comes from an experimental pig farm in Wallonia, Belgium, where the waste from apples that other farmers throw away is being refined to exploit its antimicrobial properties, reducing the need to provide the animals with preventive antibiotics.
6/11. #CETA: Four years of CETA! A reason to celebrate?
7 October 2021
This sixth episode of “Food for Europe” examines the ground breaking EU-Canada free trade deal, four years after its inception. We have a lengthy discussion with John Clarke, chief CETA negotiator for DG AGRI, which looks beyond the controversies of this agreement, exploring the implementation of climate commitments by both sides, sustainable farming and Europe’s food security.
We also report from the Beaujolais wine region in France, following producer Philippe Bardet during the collecting and pressing of this year’s grape harvest. He’s delighted to see exports to Canada increase in the past four years, but also concerned about protections for Europe’s celebrated geographical denominations and indications.
5/11. EU organic action plan – what's on the plate?
1 April 2021
In our fifth episode, our experts include Nathalie Sauze-Vandevyver, Director for quality, research and innovation and outreach in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development; Professor Philippe Baret of Université catholique de Louvain; and Eduardo Cuoco of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. They discuss the content and ambitions of the recently published organic action plan and how research and innovation can contribute to achieving the ambitions of the Green Deal.
4/11. An international food market
25 March 2021
In this episode, our main guest is Beate Huber, President of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Europe (FiBL Europe), who discusses how the EU ensures that imported organic products meet the EU’s organic criteria and what challenges the EU faces when exporting its own organic products. We will also discuss the launch of the organic action plan with Nathalie Sauze-Vandeyver, Director for quality, research and innovation and outreach in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. In the French and German versions of the podcast, agricultural engineer Gwenaël du Bus also contributes to the debate.
3/11. Strengthening the EU organic label
18 March 2021
Introduced more than 10 years ago, the EU organic logo embodies rigorous organic food production rules. The logo guarantees that at least 95% of a food product’s ingredients are organic. It also confirms that products respect the environment, soil fertility, biodiversity, animal welfare and do not contain chemicals or GMOs.
More than half of Europeans recognise the so-called ‘Euro-leaf', a green leaf flanked by 12 stars. Still, how can the EU strengthen its organic label and consumer trust in it? In the third episode of the Food for Europe podcast, three Members of the European Parliament, Irène Tolleret (FR), Benoît Biteau (FR) and Martin Häusling (DE), discuss the development of the EU organic logo and the challenges ahead.
2/11. Building trust in organic farming in Europe
11 March 2021
Guests: Wolfgang Burtscher (Director-General of Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission) and German Green MEP Martin Häusling.
Increasing demand for organic food products across Europe has made it clear that the European Union must help more farmers transition to organic farming and strengthen trust in the EU organics system among consumers. New legislation on organics is set to come into force early next year. What kind of changes and measures will it introduce to strengthen the quality of organic production in Europe?
1/11. Introducing organics
4 March 2021
In the first episode of our new series, European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski joins us to discuss the definition of organics and trace the journey of the organic sector, from its beginnings as a niche market, to the increasingly crucial role it plays today. We also hear from organic farmers around the European Union about their experiences of and concerns for the development of the organic sector in the future.
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The first five episodes of Food for Europe take an in-depth look at organic farming in the EU. After covering the basics, we examine how the organic sector is doing today and what is expected of it in the future, while also introducing more specialised topics, such as the international dimension of European organic agriculture and the role of EU regulations in shaping the sector.
More recent episodes discuss the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA), and what this agreement means for food and farming in the EU; the recently held annual Farm to Fork conference; and the role that digitalisation is playing in making agriculture more efficient and sustainable.
The podcast is hosted by Paul Anderson and Patrick Delfosse, with each episode featuring interviews with key players in European agricultural policy. All episodes of the Food for Europe podcast are released in English, French and German and are available on Apple Podcasts,Spotify, Google Podcasts and SoundCloud.