On October 1, 2021, the European Commission published a roadmap outlining its intention to propose legally binding food waste reduction targets in the European Union, as part of its Farm to Fork Strategy. Stakeholders can comment on the roadmap until October 29, 2021.
On September 29, 2021, the European Commission published a roadmap outlining its intention to publish a Communication on biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics.
On September 29, 2021, the European Commission launched five “EU missions” to address climate and sustainability issues through funding of research and development.
On September 28, 2021, the European Commission published a roadmap outlining a new regulation being developed to increase the sustainability of all foods placed on the EU market.
On September 24, 2021, the European Commission published its roadmap to develop a legislative initiative for plants produced by certain genome editing techniques.
The European Union follows a complex, rolling system of review for use of active ingredients and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) in food. For agricultural inputs, U.S. farmers must know early in the process to be able to provide input on their priorities and prevent or mitigate the loss of access to safe chemicals.
On August 17, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved seven genetically engineered (GE) crops (3 corn, 2 soybean, 1 rapeseed, and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorizations for two corn and one rapeseed crop used for food and animal feed.
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European Union: EU Green Deal - July 2021 Update

This quarterly report covers April through June 2021 and provides details on the status of the EU Green Deal objectives and strategies including the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), Biodiversity Strategy, the Climate Target Plan, the EU Methane Strategy, and the Circular Economy Action Plan.
On July 16, 2021, the European Commission published the EU Forest Strategy for 2030.
On July 5, 2021, the European Commission and agri-food industry stakeholders launched the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices as part of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F).
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European Union: Action Plan Towards Zero Pollution

The European Commission adopted a plan to achieve zero pollution by 2050. To achieve this objective, all sectors, including agriculture, will have to play a role.
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Austria: Parliament Adopts Partial Ban on Glyphosate

After recent unsuccessful attempts to totally ban glyphosate, the Austrian parliament voted unanimously on a partial ban.