Fight mycotoxin contamination with modern technology

Every consumer will know this problem: you come home from a long trip but the fruits, vegetables, and yoghurt are still in the fridge. “Expiry dates are just an industry trick to sell more food” is a thought that leads some to disregard the mould that has formed on all of these items over time, […]

[Reportage] Amendement am Europaparlament wëll d’Wuert “Veggie-Burger” verbidden

Dëse Reportage gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert, a gouf den 21. Oktober iwwerdroen. De ganze Beitrag fënnt een och hei. Muer stëmmt d’Europaparlament zu engem Amendement of deen deemno wéi Bezeechnungen wéi “Veggie-Burger” oder “Vegan Zosiss” kéint verbidden. Bauereverbänn soen et géif d’Konsumenten duerchenee maachen. Ëmweltschützer halen dogéint.  Et ass net déi éischte kéier […]

[Policy Note] Illicit trade in Europe

Together with my colleague Luca Bertoletti at the Consumer Choice Center, I published the policy note “Illicit Trade is Dangerous for Consumers” just last month. I contributed content about the prevalence of illicit trade in the agriculture sector. You can find the entire paper HERE.

Modern agriculture is actively under threat — we need to save it

Mycotoxins represent an active and palpable threat to the health of consumers, with millions affected particularly in developing nations. The open hostility towards certain crop protection measures has emphasised this problem, as fungicides are coming under fire. The scientific method and consumer health should be the metrics of public agricultural policy.

In Africa, a locust plague is seriously endangering food security

As Europe is dealing with Coronavirus, Africa is looking at the most devastating locust plague in decades. Europeans are panic-buying in the supermarkets around the continent – toilet paper, pasta, and many other items that people fear will soon be out of stock. The retailers are being overrun, but the only real shortage is that […]

L’Allemagne s’ouvre au génie génétique. Et la France ?

La ministre fédérale allemande de l’Agriculture a du flair et est du côté de la science lorsqu’il s’agit de la question des ciseaux génétiques. Et à juste titre. En 2012, le professeur Thorsten Stafforst et son équipe de l’université de Tübingen en Allemagne ont découvert qu’il était possible de modifier les gènes, en combinant des […]

Schimmelpilzgifte, nein danke!

Umweltaktivisten wollen Fungizide verbieten. Dadurch gefährden sie die Gesundheit von Verbrauchern. Mechanisierung, landwirtschaftliche Intensivierung, synthetische Düngemittel und sogar Drohnen sind heute Teil der modernen Landwirtschaft. Dies ermöglicht uns, selbst in Krisenzeiten wie jetzt, täglich Milliarden von Menschen zu ernähren. Im Vergleich zu unseren Vorfahren haben wir große Fortschritte in der Lebensmittelproduktion gemacht.