Ahead of the vote in EP Committee for Agriculture and EP Committee of Environment on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, CIBE and CEFS would like to react to the arguments of molasses users, notably by the chemical industry, which have been lobbying hard to convince MEPS that there is and there will be a supply issue if beet molasses is used to produce biofuels. This is absolutely not true and there is no evidence for such misinformation.
The French sugar beet growers' association CGB has published a new press release on 18 September 2017: "Glyphosate: give the beet sector time to find alternative solutions!"
The 2017/18 sugar beet campaign has started on the 24 of July with the first delivery to Minerbio plant. After the re-opening of San Quirico, in the current market year, in Italy, there are 3 active sugar factories and an amount of 37,000 ha allocated for sugar beet production.
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CIBE is part of Agriculture & Progress, a platform for sustainable crop production and plant protection techniques.
CIBE takes part in the AgroCycle project, a Sino-EU collaborative research venture, funded by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 programme to create a protocol for the implementation of the 'circular economy' across the agri-food sector.
SUGAR BEET AND SUSTAINABILITY
In October 2013, the European Beet Growers (CIBE), sugar producers (CEFS) and trade unions of the food and agriculture sector (EFFAT) have formalised a landmark agreement to jointly highlight and report on representative Good Practices of sustainable production of beet sugar in the EU.