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Crop Protection & the EU Food system: where are they going?

The report sets out to better understand the issues surrounding the way agricultural crops are protected in the EU. EU agriculture relies heavily on the use of synthetic chemical plant protection products to combat pests and diseases. Whilst EU regulation aims to encourage the uptake of non-synthetic crop protection methods to reduce harm to human health and the environment, the strategy is not working. Available data show no significant overall change in the use and associated risks of plant protection products during the last decade. A transition in the way crops are protected in the EU is needed. The report proposes one which aims to re-establish ecosystem functions on agricultural land to provide nature-based solutions for pest, disease and weed threats, and to utilise all means to enable a substantial fall in the harms caused to health and environment by use of PPPs. This transition cannot be disassociated from the wider food system and land use changes which will have to embrace food consumption and waste, food pricing which internalises the true cost of production, and welfare and trade policy. The report spells out some of the policy changes and key actions to bring about the required transition.


What is the Safe Operating Space for EU livestock?

Released on September 13th 2018, this report, co-authored by Allan Buckwell and Elisabet Nadeu, provides a comprehensive overview of the benefits and impacts of livestock on the environment and human health and calls upon policy makers to use the range of policy tools at their disposal to support the livestock sector through a transition that is considered necessary and inevitable.


'CAP: thinking out of the box' report

Released on March 27th 2017, this report, directed by Allan Buckwell, shows how the current CAP does not make best use of the considerable resources deployed to support land managers through the necessary transition and suggests some procedural changes to kick-start a more effective reform process which brings together more constructively the conflicting interests in agricultural policy.



Report of the CAP discussion at the European Parliament on January 10th 2017

The initial ideas of the "CAP - thinking out of the box" project were presented on January 10th for questioning and debate at the European Parliament followed by a lively discussion at the RISE office.


Full Report: Nutrient Recovery and Reuse (NRR) in European agriculture

On March 21st, 2016, the RISE Foundation published its report on "Nutrient Recovery and Reuse in European agriculture. A review of the issues, opportunities, and actions."


Workshops on Nutrient Recovery and Reuse (NRR) in European agriculture

As part of the consultation process of the RISE study, the Foundation held two consultative workshops - at the EXPO Milan and at the European Parliament (EP). You can find below a summary of the discussions held during the two workshops.


Thoughts on CAP post 2020

A discussion on the future of the CAP, post 2020. See below for the link to a summary of the discussion.

Full Report: The Sustainable Intensification of European Agriculture

On June 24, 2014, The RISE Foundation published its report The Sustainable Intensification of European Agriculture. The full version is downloadable below:

Workshops on the Sustainable Intensification of European Agriculture

As part of the consultation process of the RISE study, the Foundation held three consultative workshops on the subject - at the European Parliament, at a Workshop in the Squre and during the Forum for the Future of Agriculture.  The following brochure was presented at the workshops to inspire debate.  You can also find below the report of the write up of the workshop at the Square, Brussels.



In November 2012, RISE organised and hosted the 19th meeting of the International Hamster Workgroup (IHWG) - a group of interdisciplinary scientists and experts dedicated to reversing the recent declines in wild hamster populations throughout Europe. The conference featured the latest research on hamster physiology and biology, updates from current conservation programmes and EU-level policy. The proceedings can be downloaded here:

Public goods

On the 1st December 2009, the RISE Foundation published its Task Force Report on Public Goods from Private Land. Please find the report below, in English, French and Italian.

Following the Task Force Report, RISE participated in a tender call for the European Parliament alongside the IEEP in 2011 to advise on concrete tools for delivery of public goods within the next CAP. The results are summarised in the report below.

2011 EP Public Goods document



Following the launch of the certification scheme EWS (European Water Stewardship) in collaboration with EWP (European Water Partnership) in 2011, RISE has drafted a position paper about the relationship between water and agriculture.


RISE has completed an investigation into the possible impact of a planned agreement with the Mercosur trading bloc on European agriculture, arguing that its passing into law would deal a fatal blow to the European livestock industry, in particular the extensive, pasture-fed cattle and sheep sector which is prevalent in mountain areas throughout Europe.

RISE also supported and financed a series of studies by the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) making a comparison of EU and US farm and bio-energy policies under the new CAP the next US farm bill. You can access the papers on the IPC website by following the link below.

Final project reports


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