April 2020

April 2020

World Trade May Profoundly Change; Companies Should Think Ahead

In the last couple of weeks all attention, understandably, has been focused on combating the COVID-19 pandemic. But in the EU, other policies are...

The Diversity Dynamics of Greenhouse Tomato Varieties

A lot of people think that domestication and plant breeding has led to genetic erosion, including loss of nutritional value, especially in tomato. A...

Celebrating 25 Years of CPVO: President Martin Ekvad Looks Back and Ahead

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) is an agency of the European Union, located in Angers, France. Its task is to administer the EU...

Protecting Plants, Protecting Life

The IYPH is an opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the...

The European Union and the International Year of Plant Health 2020

This year marks the first ever International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). This milestone was achieved thanks to the persistence and vision of Finland. As...

Blockchain for Biodiversity: The Benefits for the Environment and for Farmers

This article provides a summary of my talk at the 2019 EuroSeeds Annual Congress, titled “Diversifying Directions of Knowledge and Value Flows: A Blockchain...

Increasing Trust: How Blockchain Contributes to an Efficient and Better Food Ecosystem

The outbreak of food-borne diseases, false labelling, and food fraud issues are just some of the various problems that the agriculture industry is facing...

Blockchain for Equitable and Sustainable Agriculture

This article provides a brief, easy to understand, non-technical explanation of Blockchain technology and its features, including those that have given it the reputation...

20 Benefits from Agricultural Genome Editing

It is often easy for anti-technology, anti-corporate activists to paint their own picture of reality, especially when it comes to the lucrative business of...

Fewer Sweets May Make For A Sweeter Life

According to a New Guinean legend, the human race began when the first man made love to a stalk of sugar cane. Although conjuring...