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  • Agriculture & Chemicals in 2018: A Mixed Bag of New Policies

    Still in its infancy, 2018 is already gearing up to be an action-packed year for the agri-chem sector, from changing farm policies to the all-encompassing Brexit. To ensure that we have captured these developments and to reflect the evolving nature of FTI Brussels’ own agri-chem practice, this year’s snapshot will be broader than those of…

  • Europe’s opportunity in digital agriculture

    Farming may sometimes seem the most traditional of activities, but it has never stopped innovating. Every generation has brought technological and organisational advancements, from when stone-age man first used primitive tools to the use of disease-resistant crop varieties. Now, digital farming is ushering in the latest revolution in humanity’s agricultural practices. Will Europe benefit as…

  • Risk in EU legislation: The snake inside or outside the box

    Although risk and hazard are sometimes used interchangeably, they are fundamentally different: anything that can cause harm represents a hazard, whereas risk describes the chance of harm being done – in terms of both the likelihood of harm, and the extent of that harm. To understand this difference is crucial when regulating potentially harmful substances.…

  • A tale of subsidies and regulation: Britain’s farmers and Brexit

    Brexit is the hot topic in Brussels, especially since last week’s plan from European Council President Donald Tusk on how to avoid it. While much time and effort has been spent lobbying the British public, one influential group has yet to officially make up its mind: British farmers. While British farmers as an electorate will…

  • EU trends in agriculture 2016

    Agriculture today must both mitigate and adapt to global challenges like water shortages, climate change and food insecurity. Industry and policymakers alike are coming up with potential solutions covering a wide breadth, from innovative breakthroughs resulting from digital technologies and industry consolidation, to new laws aimed at protecting farmers and consumers alike. The UN Sustainable…

  • New plant breeding techniques: Stuck in the lab or market potential?

    New plant breeding techniques (NBTs) – modern biotechnology methods used to improve crops – may become the next big thing for the seed industry. Seed breeders see huge market potential in them, with their ability to bring new characteristics to crops such as enhanced nutritional value and better resilience to climate extremes. But the seed…

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