How Ukraine Upended Europe’s Agriculture and Energy Policies

In Europe, every political consensus of the last few decades has been thrown out the window. German pacifism, French president Emmanuel Macron’s belief that NATO is “braindead,” and now the continent’s entire agriculture sustainability strategy have been put into question. In response to disruptions in Europe’s food supply, the European People’s Party (EPP), the European […]

ConsEUmer podcast / EP71: Goodbye masks, Chaotic summer, and The breakfast divide (co-hosted with Elizabeth Hicks)

This week’s episode of ConsEUmer is co-hosted with Elizabeth Hicks! We cover: 😷 Florida judge overturns mask mandate in the United States 🧑‍✈️ Airlines deal with staff shortages 🥘 Should you eat three times a day? CNN Travel article: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/travel-chaos-summer-2022/index.html BBC Future article: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220412-should-we-be-eating-three-meals-a-day Follow Elizabeth Hicks on Twitter @eohicks. Check out these websites if […]

Europe’s Legislative Copy and Paste on Ag Reform a Warning for US

War is never a good time for an “I told you so!” It amounts to making a point on policy on the backs of the suffering of many. That said, Russia’s war against Ukraine has laid the cards on the table not just on Europe’s energy dependence, but its entire sustainability strategy. Activists in Ukraine […]

It’s Time for the EU to Turn to Africa

So far, the relationship between the European Union and Africa has been a complicated one. Food producers have little opportunity to access the European market, which is protected through high food standards and the subsidization of farmers and farmland. On energy, Europe has been happy to look East rather than South, making Africa’s potential unexplored. […]

EU Green Policies Back On The Table

Russia’s war in Ukraine has shaken every political consensus in Europe. Within weeks, Germany’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal with Moscow was cancelled, and the principle of not sending weapons to war zones went out the window. Just three years ago, French President Emmanuel Macron called NATO “braindead.” Now, nobody in Europe is echoing this […]

ConsEUmer podcast / EP63: War in Europe (w/ Ihor Masiakin)

Today’s episode of ConsEUmer is fully dedicated to talking about the situation in Ukraine. Our guest this week is Ihor Masiakin from Ukraine. 🇺🇦 Check out these websites if you want support Ukraine financially: https://www.blue-yellow.lt/en/ https://how-to-help-ukraine-now.super.site/?fbclid=IwAR2HawZT-H0iLD08QdXDMBG2qFKA3dpHsjDXt7bppN092YP2TVnQuDJ4j8A Note: Apologies for the drop notification sound in the background. I’ve edited it out as much as I could […]

ConsEUmer podcast / EP61: African connection, Expensive chips, and Europe/US ag headaches (w/ Paul Brian)

In this week’s ConsEUmer episode: 🌍 EU-Africa trade relations: can we talk about agriculture? 🇪🇺 Details on the EU’s Chips Act (w/ Luca Bertoletti) 🚜 What divides the EU and the U.S on agriculture policy? (w/ Paul Brian) Paul Brian’s article in InsideSources: https://insidesources.com/in-us-eu-agricultural-battle-biden-follows-in-trumps-footsteps/ Euractiv webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQFr3AclOpI You can follow Paul Brian on Twitter @paulrbrian. […]

Let’s Learn Well What Farming Once Was, and Not Go Back

Those privileged of having met their grandparents, or even better, their great-grandparents, know of the staggering improvements in human prosperity over the last 100 years. For those born into wealth it’s noticeable through the advances of modern medicine (allowing you to meet your great-grandparents in the first place), but the changes are even more breathtaking […]

ConsEUmer podcast / EP59: Ukraine conflict affects imports, shorter green certificates, and Europes ghost flights (w/ Gary Leff)

In this week’s episode: 🇺🇦 The conflict between Russia and Ukraine might impact food security 🦠 COVID-19 green passes get shorter validity around Europe (w/ Fred Roeder) ✈️ What causes ghost-flights? (w/ Gary Leff) You can follow Gary Leff on Twitter @garyleff. Also check out viewfromthewing.com ! February 3, 2022 Follow ConsEUmer wherever you get […]