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What if insects were on the menu in Europe?

03-07-2020

Insects, while commonly consumed elsewhere in the world, have long been off the menu in Europe – but they could soon be creeping their way onto our plates. Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, is now gaining serious interest – is it set to take Europe by swarm?

Insects, while commonly consumed elsewhere in the world, have long been off the menu in Europe – but they could soon be creeping their way onto our plates. Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, is now gaining serious interest – is it set to take Europe by swarm?

Demographic outlook for the European Union 2020

02-03-2020

Demography matters. The economy and the labour market, but also social protection, intergenerational fairness and healthcare, the environment, food and nutrition are all driven by demography. The population of EU countries has grown substantially – by around a quarter since 1960 – and currently it stands at almost 450 million. The numbers are now beginning to stagnate however and are expected to decline from around the middle of the century. With the world population having risen still more substantially ...

Demography matters. The economy and the labour market, but also social protection, intergenerational fairness and healthcare, the environment, food and nutrition are all driven by demography. The population of EU countries has grown substantially – by around a quarter since 1960 – and currently it stands at almost 450 million. The numbers are now beginning to stagnate however and are expected to decline from around the middle of the century. With the world population having risen still more substantially and growth continuing, the EU represents a shrinking proportion of the global population. The EU population is also ageing dramatically, as life expectancy increases and fertility rates fall below past levels. This has serious implications across a range of areas including the economy, healthcare and pensions. Free movement within the EU and migration from third countries also play an important role in shaping demography in individual Member States and regions. The 'in-focus' section of this year's edition of the demographic outlook examines food and nutrition-related demographic challenges. It shows that, even if improving food quality and healthier eating habits lead to higher life expectancy, the EU still has to tackle the harmful consequences and prevent the causes of diet-related chronic conditions, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This paper is the third in a series produced by EPRS on the demographic outlook for the European Union.

Megatrends in the agri-food sector: global overview and possible policy response from an EU perspective

16-09-2019

This study provides an analysis of the megatrends that influence the way the world produces, distributes and consumes food. It provides an outlook of the global production needed to sustain human populations until 2050, gives a state of play of the global forces affecting the future of the food chain, suggests possible scenarios and presents policy and recommendation options.

This study provides an analysis of the megatrends that influence the way the world produces, distributes and consumes food. It provides an outlook of the global production needed to sustain human populations until 2050, gives a state of play of the global forces affecting the future of the food chain, suggests possible scenarios and presents policy and recommendation options.

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Ines Ferreira, Maria Kirova, Francesco Montanari, Consuelo Montfort, Juan Moroni, Rik Neirynck, Monica Pesce

Regime riformato per la distribuzione di ortofrutticoli e latte nelle scuole

01-03-2016

Durante la tornata di marzo 2016 si terrà una discussione, seguita da votazione, sulla proposta di regolamento che istituisce un nuovo regime di aiuti per la distribuzione di ortofrutticoli e latte negli istituti scolastici. Se sarà approvato, il regime darà nuovo slancio agli sforzi profusi per incoraggiare i bambini in età scolare a mangiare in maniera sana.

Durante la tornata di marzo 2016 si terrà una discussione, seguita da votazione, sulla proposta di regolamento che istituisce un nuovo regime di aiuti per la distribuzione di ortofrutticoli e latte negli istituti scolastici. Se sarà approvato, il regime darà nuovo slancio agli sforzi profusi per incoraggiare i bambini in età scolare a mangiare in maniera sana.

Eat for Health

08-12-2015

This paper summarises the presentations and discussions of the Workshop ‘Eat for Health’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 13 October 2015. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the eating habits and trends in Europe as well as the options for policy makers, industry, professionals and citizens to promote a healthier diet. The importance of a healthy diet was underlined with scientific findings that observed an association between nutrition and many diseases, particularly obesity and ...

This paper summarises the presentations and discussions of the Workshop ‘Eat for Health’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 13 October 2015. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the eating habits and trends in Europe as well as the options for policy makers, industry, professionals and citizens to promote a healthier diet. The importance of a healthy diet was underlined with scientific findings that observed an association between nutrition and many diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes. It was agreed that a variety of foods and foods rich in high quality nutrients constitute a healthy diet. Activities of the EU Platform and High Level Group on Diet, Physical Activity and Health show that Member States are willing to tackle the issue. The issues around labelling, reformulation and stricter marketing rules regarding food were discussed. These actions should result in giving consumers complete and correct information about food and beverage properties. Challenges remain and more efforts should be made to create a healthy environment and stimulate healthy diets among Europeans. This workshop and the respective document were prepared by the Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

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Paola BANFI, Lyssa BODE and Manon EMONTS (Milieu Ltd, Brussels, Belgium)

Can processed and red meat cause cancer? The World Health Organization's classification raises concerns

30-10-2015

On 26 October 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that it has classified processed meat as 'carcinogenic to humans', and red meat as 'probably carcinogenic to humans'. Stakeholder responses have varied from putting things into perspective, to criticising the decision, to cautioning against alarmist reactions.

On 26 October 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that it has classified processed meat as 'carcinogenic to humans', and red meat as 'probably carcinogenic to humans'. Stakeholder responses have varied from putting things into perspective, to criticising the decision, to cautioning against alarmist reactions.

Nuovo programma per la distribuzione di ortofrutticoli e latte nelle scuole

22-05-2015

Durante la seduta plenaria del 27 maggio 2015 i deputati saranno chiamati a votare una relazione elaborata dalla commissione per l'agricoltura e lo sviluppo rurale avente l'obiettivo di modificare la proposta legislativa della Commissione europea relativa a un nuovo programma unico per la distribuzione di ortofrutticoli e latte nelle scuole. La proposta mira a unificare due programmi distinti attualmente in vigore per la distribuzione, rispettivamente, di latte e ortofrutticoli nelle scuole. L'esito ...

Durante la seduta plenaria del 27 maggio 2015 i deputati saranno chiamati a votare una relazione elaborata dalla commissione per l'agricoltura e lo sviluppo rurale avente l'obiettivo di modificare la proposta legislativa della Commissione europea relativa a un nuovo programma unico per la distribuzione di ortofrutticoli e latte nelle scuole. La proposta mira a unificare due programmi distinti attualmente in vigore per la distribuzione, rispettivamente, di latte e ortofrutticoli nelle scuole. L'esito della proposta resta tuttavia incerto, in quanto la Commissione ha sospeso i lavori per condurre una valutazione dei programmi esistenti. Inoltre il Consiglio, da un lato, e la Commissione e il Parlamento, dall'altro, non hanno raggiunto un accordo sulla base giuridica della proposta di regolamento.

Review of the school distribution programmes in the area of agriculture: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

09-01-2015

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal on the aid scheme for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk in the educational establishments. Overall, the IA appears to be well documented and researched. However, potential downsides to the various options could have been more fully examined and stakeholder positions and concerns more adequately presented and taken into consideration ...

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the proposal on the aid scheme for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk in the educational establishments. Overall, the IA appears to be well documented and researched. However, potential downsides to the various options could have been more fully examined and stakeholder positions and concerns more adequately presented and taken into consideration. More generally, the conclusion that there is a necessity to act now, before the changes brought by the CAP 2020 agreement are implemented and evaluated, would have benefited from further explanation and evidence. This note, prepared by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit for the Committee on Agriculture of the European Parliament, analyses whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the IA.

Proceedings of the Workshop on "Prevention and Healthy Life"

16-06-2014

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on ‘Prevention and Healthy Life’, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Tuesday 4 March 2014. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the main challenges and future perspectives related to the topic of health promotion and disease prevention. The workshop was hosted by MEP Mr Alojz PETERLE (EPP, SL), Co-chair of the Health Working Group within the ENVI Committee.

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on ‘Prevention and Healthy Life’, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Tuesday 4 March 2014. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the main challenges and future perspectives related to the topic of health promotion and disease prevention. The workshop was hosted by MEP Mr Alojz PETERLE (EPP, SL), Co-chair of the Health Working Group within the ENVI Committee.

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Michael Hübel (DG Health and Consumers, European Commission), Sabine Rohrmann (Institute of Social and Preventing Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland), Marjan Videnšek (Foundation Zavod Preporod, Slovenia) and Karl Kuhn (European Network for Workplace Health Promotion - ENWHP)

Proceedings of the Workshop on "Active and Healthy Ageing : A Challenge for the EU to Create Age-Friendly Environments"

15-11-2012

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on “Active and Healthy Ageing: A challenge for the EU to create age-friendly environments”, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Monday 8 October 2012. The aim of the workshop was to exchange views on how to face the consequences of an ageing population and to provide input into the on-going policy discussions at EU-level on active and healthy ageing. The workshop was hosted by MEP Kartika T. Liotard (GUE/NGL, NL) ...

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on “Active and Healthy Ageing: A challenge for the EU to create age-friendly environments”, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Monday 8 October 2012. The aim of the workshop was to exchange views on how to face the consequences of an ageing population and to provide input into the on-going policy discussions at EU-level on active and healthy ageing. The workshop was hosted by MEP Kartika T. Liotard (GUE/NGL, NL), Member of the ENVI Committee and Co-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity.

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Klea Katsouyanni (University of Athens Medical School, EL) , Michel Hamon (University Pierre & Marie Curie, French Academy of Medicine, FR) , Jean Pierre Baeyens (University of Luxembourg, LU) , Peter Kopelman (University of London, UK) , Torsten Zuberbier (GA²LEN, Charite-Universitatsmedizin, Berlin, DE) and Jaap Koot (University Medical Centre Groningen, NL)

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