This week, I've participated in a special hearing organised by the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee on prospects for the dairy sector and the implementation of the recent "milk package" of legislation (comprising, amongst other things, the opportunity for mandatory written contracts with milk collectors, and the encouragement of producer organisations to bargain collectively for a better price.) Adverse market conditions and shady practices aren’t confined to Scotland – this is an EU-wide issue and we have to act now.
Published in the Press and Journal 29th January 2015Read more
The EU’s long-awaited report on the food chain was published at the end of October. Unfortunately, it didn’t mention anything about the major challenges being faced by farmers, foremost of which is the unfair bargaining power of processors.
Published in John O'Groat Journal 12 December 2014Read more
SNP MEP and member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee Alyn Smith has welcomed the presentation of new proposals on organic farming in the EU.Read more
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed the publication of a report by the European Commission which explores the possibility of introducing "product of island farming" as a new optional quality term.Read more
Alyn Smith, SNP full member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, has welcomed the publication of a report by the European Commission that explores the possibility of extending mandatory origin labelling for meat used as an ingredient.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP, SNP member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, has welcomed the publication of thorough proposals on animal and plant health which will see unannounced inspections in the meat industry in order to repair damage done by the recent horse meat scandal.Read more
It has been revealed that thousands of tonnes of horse meat originating from the United States, which may be tainted with banned veterinary drugs, are being imported into Europe for human consumption.Read more
SNP MEP and member of the European Parliament's powerful Agriculture Committee has today (Thursday) called on the European Commission to come forward with urgent and thorough legislative proposals which put in place a mandatory system of country of origin labelling for meat products, and which includes supermarket own brand products.Read more