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School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits

Plenary Session Agriculture27-05-2015 - 19:13
Child drinking milk and eating healthy food  

Healthy eating habits start young, so the EU and its member states should do and spend more to encourage kids to eat healthy and local foods, Parliament said on Wednesday. To ensure that they get healthy eating lessons, as well as school milk, fruit, and vegetables from EU schemes, Parliament amended draft rules and approved a mandate for MEPs to negotiate their final form with EU member states. (Read more: School milk and fruit: MEPs back measures to teach healthier eating habits )

 

Five a day: how the EU will help children to learn about healthy eating

Plenary Session Agriculture26-05-2015 - 15:28
Happy children and healthy food ©BELGA_AGEFOTOSTOCK_D.Cervo  

Children are eating fewer and fewer fruit, vegetables and dairy products in Europe, but a new proposal could help them to adopt a healthier diet. Under the plan two existing EU schemes for handing out fresh milk, fruit and vegetables to pupils would be combined, reducing the administrative burden and creating more opportunities for teaching children about balanced diets. MEPs debate the plans during the plenary session on Wednesday 27 May from 17.00 CET, which will be followed by a vote. (Read more: Five a day: how the EU will help children to learn about healthy eating )

 

Olive trees: MEPs demand action to halt spread of killer bacteria

Plenary Session Agriculture20-05-2015 - 13:45

The EU must take effective measures to prevent the spread of Xylella fastidiosa bacteria beyond Italy, where it is severely damaging olive trees, says a resolution passed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs welcome EU import restrictions on plants from affected areas in third countries but say more may be needed. They also urge that growers be compensated for their losses, and suggest stepping up funding for research to combat the bacteria, which may attack other plants. (Read more: Olive trees: MEPs demand action to halt spread of killer bacteria )

 

Milan Expo 2015: EU must foster global food security, MEPs say

Plenary Session Agriculture30-04-2015 - 13:30
EU_EXPO_Official Participant RGB.JPG  

The EU should use the Milan Expo 2015 to encourage sustainable agronomic practices, promote fairness in the supply chain, and fight food waste and malnutrition, says a resolution voted by Parliament on Thursday, the eve of the official opening of the event. The ultimate aim of these efforts should be to strengthen global food security, it adds. (Read more: Milan Expo 2015: EU must foster global food security, MEPs say )

 

Olive trees: MEPs to demand answers on how to tackle spread of killer bacteria

Plenary Session Agriculture29-04-2015 - 16:30
The Parliament will debate on the outbreak of Xylella Fastidiosa affecting olive trees  

Parliament will quiz the Commission Thursday morning on plans to tackle the outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa bacteria, which have infected several thousand hectares of olive plantations in Italy, and prevent it spreading to other EU regions. The Commission will also be asked how any growers whose trees have to be destroyed are to be compensated. (Read more: Olive trees: MEPs to demand answers on how to tackle spread of killer bacteria )

 

New EU forest strategy: better management can boost rural jobs, say MEPs

Plenary Session Agriculture28-04-2015 - 14:01

The new EU forest strategy must focus on managing forests sustainably, promoting efficient use of the raw materials that they produce, and boosting the competitiveness of forest-related industry so as to create jobs, says a non-legislative resolution voted by Parliament on Tuesday. (Read more: New EU forest strategy: better management can boost rural jobs, say MEPs )

 

MEPs vote for sustainable fishing in the Baltic Sea

Plenary Session Fisheries28-04-2015 - 13:44

A multiannual plan for managing Baltic cod, sprat and herring stocks was approved by Parliament on Tuesday. This is the first such plan under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which took effect in 2014. Long-run management, rather than year-on-year planning, should make life more predictable for fishermen. (Read more: MEPs vote for sustainable fishing in the Baltic Sea )

 

Fish discard ban: MEPs delay sanctions

Plenary Session Fisheries28-04-2015 - 13:37
The Parliament debates on the multi-annual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks  

Fishermen will have two years to “adapt” before sanctions for failing to comply with the new fish “discard” ban take effect, under a law passed by Parliament on Tuesday. The draft law, already informally agreed by MEPs and ministers, amends the “omnibus” regulation on arrangements for enforcing the ban. Obliging fishermen to land unwanted catches, rather than throw them back, is a key aim of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). (Read more: Fish discard ban: MEPs delay sanctions )

 
Happy children with healthy food ©BELGA_MASTERFILE_Norbert Kramer  

The EU and its member states must invest more effort and money in promoting healthy eating and the consumption of local foodstuffs amongst children, said the agriculture committee said on Tuesday when it amended draft rules on schemes to provide fruit, vegetables and milk in schools. (Read more: Milk and fruit in schools: agriculture MEPs promote healthy eating )

 
A cow is prepared to be hooked up to an automatic milker at an GAEC farm near Bains-sur-Oust in Brittany, western France, on March 26, 2015. ©BELGA_AFP  

The amount of milk produced in the EU will for the first time in three decades be determined by market forces only after European milk quotas ended on 1 April. The quotas were introduced in 1984 when production outstripped demand with the aim of putting an end to Europe's "milk lakes and butter mountains". It is hoped that by scrapping the quotas, Europe's milk producers are able to supply fast-growing markets in Asia and Africa. However, some farmers worry it could lead to price volatility. (Read more: End of milk quotas: "Chance to build a more confident and robust dairy sector" )