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This research topic covers areas such as

  • food fraud
  • food labelling and packaging
  • economic balance in the food chain including aspects on trade, fair benefits to smallholders
  • risks for smallholders and micro, small and medium size enterprises prior to investment in value-chain development
  • effects of subsidies on the market
  • new forms of retailing and distribution: how to guarantee quality of food using these systems
  • competitiveness of food and feed industries
  • use of new technologies for production of crops, livestock, nutraceuticals
  • impact of new food processing techniques on quality and safety
  • impact of new and novel food on the environment
  • food waste: including waste from food packaging
  • role of education on food, responsible food consumption

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Fair start to spring for most European crops

According to the March issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe, published today, winter crops entered spring in fair to good condition in most parts of Europe following a predominantly mild winter. Weather and terrain conditions allowed for a good start to field operations.

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Energy efficiency in fisheries

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Activities on this topic

Agricultural monitoring research at the JRC involves estimating cropproduction and supporting the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy...

The JRC establishes best environmental management practices (BEMPs) of organisations in order to produce Sectoral Reference Documents (SRDs) which are...

Consumers are in daily contact with a variety of products such as cosmetics, kitchenware or textiles. The safety of these is of primary concern for...

Our seas, oceans and coasts are important resources for the EU. The livelihoods of many citizens depend on the sea – fisheries of course, but also...

The labeling of food products is essential to inform consumers what kind of products they are buying. EU harmonised rules on food labeling...

Food contact materials comprise all materials and articles that come or are intended to come in contact with food, e.g. food packaging materials...

The JRC's research addresses the global food security issue, with the demand for food likely to grow by 70% until 2050.

JRC research on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) allows the EU to reliably and effectively detect GMOs in, for example, shipments of imported...

JRC scientific and technical support to policies for a more circular EU economy is necessarily based on a lifecycle approach, so that all relevant...

Our on-going work covers a wide spectrum of activities–with two major areas of focus being school-aged children and older citizens. We review state-of...

The certified reference materials distributed by the JRC give measurement laboratories a means to validate analytical methods, to assess the quality...

For the implementation of the European legislation that regulates the authorisation and the labelling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the...