12 September 2012

After 21 months of delay, the European Commission has drafted a framework to reform EU biofuels policy and the massive carbon emissions caused by expanding agriculture for biofuels.

The draft policy [1] aims to address so-called 'indirect land use change' (ILUC) where agriculture has to expand to accommodate biofuels demand. This happens at the expense of forests and natural habitats, and causes carbon emissions. The emissions from ILUC mean that many biofuels in Europe's cars, including soy, rapeseed and palm oil, have a worse carbon footprint than normal fossil fuel. [2]

10 September 2012

2012 marks 50 years since the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was introduced. It's also the year that major reforms to the policy get underway.

Young Friends of the Earth Europe is taking action and demanding fairer and more sustainable farming in Europe with its new reCAP campaign – aimed at the CAP reform.

Young Friends of the Earth Europe
5 September 2012

Cyclists arrive in Strasbourg today for the start of the final leg of the Good Food March's journey to Brussels to call for a radical change of direction in European food and farming policy.

The international riders are heading to what is hoped will be the biggest ever gathering of EU citizens calling for a major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The finale on September 19 comes as the World Bank, amongst others, issues serious warnings that the growing food crisis will hit the world's poorest.

6 August 2012

In just one month's time, people from across Europe will be setting off on the final leg of a bicycle journey to Brussels to attend the biggest ever gathering of EU citizens calling for a greener and fairer future for farming in Europe. The event takes place as politicians debate the reform of the EU's Common Agriculture Policy.

13 July 2012

As the European Commission organises an important conference on the future of Europe’s farming (July 13), environmental and farming groups are asking policy makers to make this a lucky day for the Common Agricultural Policy. European agriculture needs to move away from harmful and industrialised farming and towards greener and fairer farming practices that lead to rural vitality.

3 July 2012

Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.

23 June 2012

The first ever Belgian award for greenwashing was presented in Brussels today.

The prize is awarded to companies or organisations who present themselves as being greener than they really are. The prize was awarded during the 'Big Greenwash Circus', a conference about greenwashing which was organised by Climaxi, together with other organisations including Friends of the Earth Flanders & Brussels, Wervel, Fairfin, Corporate Europe Observatory, and 't Uilekot.

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18 June 2012

Proposals under discussion today for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy fall far short of what is needed to make European farming more green, says Friends of the Earth Europe.

A draft report by the European Parliament’s farming committee and a progress report from EU agriculture ministers represent latest developments in the debate, and both point towards legislation too weak to reform European farming policy on the scale needed. [1]

29 May 2012

Friends of the Earth Europe along with the IFOAM EU Group and the Pesticide Action Network Europe held a conference on crop rotation and legume production in the European Parliament today. Agricultural scientists, farmers and campaigners came together to discuss the path to a more sustainable and resource efficient farming policy in Europe.

22 May 2012

Negotiations to reform European agriculture are going in the wrong direction and will not halt the rapid collapse of biodiversity, warn Friends of the Earth Europe. The warning comes on the International Day of Biological Diversity and as the debate on the reform of European agricultural policy reaches a critical stage.

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