# Food and agriculture

This picture taken in Bruges on November 19, 2020 shows swans in an aviary during an operation to attempt to catch over a hundred, as special security measures are required to prevent wild birds from being in contact with the swan population of the city, following the discovery of bird flu in three wild birds in Ostend. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)
This picture taken in Bruges on November […]

Bruges shelters canal swans after bird flu outbreaks across Europe

The medieval Belgian city of Bruges has rounded up swans to shelter them from the spread of bird flu after an outbreak of the virus in France, Denmark and the Netherlands
(FILES) This combination of file photos made on April 1, 2016 in Paris shows (From L) obese people in Los Angeles in July 30, 2003, Mexico City on May 20, 2013 and Manchester on October 10, 2006. - Over one in eight adults are now obese -- a ratio that has more than doubled since 1975 and will swell to one in five by 2025, a major survey reported April 1, 2016. Of about five billion adults alive in 2014, 641 million were obese, the data showed -- and projected the number will balloon past 1.1 billion in just nine years. (Photo by AFP)
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Diet trends to see 4 bn people overweight by 2050: study

More than four billion people could be overweight by 2050, with 1.5 billion of them obese, if the current global dietary trend towards processed foods continues, a new study predicts
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier reports on last week's European summit during plenary session at European Parliament in Brussels on October 21, 2020. Photo: Olivier Hoslet / Pool / AFP
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnie […]

UK-EU Brexit talks back on as clock ticks to trade deadline

European Union negotiators headed to London on Thursday to resume Brexit trade talks after Britain called off a boycott, with both sides vowing to work round the clock to seal a deal in the time left
The sun reflects off a stream on the dried out riverbed of La Loire river in Montjean-sur-Loire, western France, on July 30, 2020. Photo: Jean-Francois Monier / AFP
The sun reflects off a stream on the dri […]

80% of Europe’s natural habitats in poor shape: report

More than 80 percent of the EU's natural habitats are in poor or bad condition and more must be done to protect them, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned in a report
A vegan burger pictured at the international meat industry fair IFFA in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on May 6, 2019. Photo: Daniel Roland / AFP
A vegan burger pictured at the internati […]

Farmers push ‘veggieburger’ label ban in Europe

Angry European farmers are pushing for a ban on calling vegetarian products a "burger" or a "sausage" that they say mislead consumers into thinking certain products contain meat
(FILES) This file aerial photo taken on August 24, 2019 shows burnt areas of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. - An unusual coalition of 230 environmental organizations and Brazilian agribusiness companies sent President Jair Bolsonaro on September 15, 2020, a letter proposing to halt deforestation "quickly and permanently, especially in the Amazon region. (Photo by CARLOS FABAL / AFP)
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World lost 100 million hectares of forest in two decades: UN

The world has lost nearly 100 million hectares of forests in two decades, marking a steady decline though at a slower pace than before, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization