26 January 2011

Brussels, January 26 – The European Parliament's Agriculture Committee voted today on a report calling for European farmers to be given more support to grow their own feed crops and to reduce their dependency on imported animal feed.

Currently European livestock farming is dependent on imported soy as an animal feed, whose production is a major cause of deforestation and social conflict in South America.

25 January 2011

Brussels, January 25, 2011 – Growing demand for meat, animal feeds and agrofuels in Europe is contributing to the continued destruction of the Amazon and Cerrado habitats in Brazil, reveals a new report launched today by Friends of the Earth Europe.

The research comes at a time when Europe is debating the future of farming. [1] Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy to reduce the EU's dependence on imported soy animal feeds and meat.

21 January 2011

Brussels/Abuja, January 21, 2011 – The much-touted biofuel crop jatropha isneither a profitable nor a sustainable investment, according to a new report released by Friends of the Earth Europe today. 'Jatropha: money doesn't grow on trees' warns investors away from jatropha – a shrub being increasingly planted for its oil-producing fruits and ability to survive in arid conditions – stating growing evidence that the crop is failing to deliver on its promises while simultaneously failing to prevent climate change or contribute to pro-poor development. [1]

29 November 2010

Brussels - Proposals from the European Commission to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013 show signs of fairer distribution of subsidies, according to the coalition. [1]

Despite this positive development the communication came short on proposals for stopping the collapse of family farming in Europe and dumping in developing countries, according to the coalition. The plans outlined also fail to address correctly climate change and the protection of biodiversity.

18 November 2010

Brussels - Proposals for the future of farming in Europe were revealed in Brussels today where Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos announced plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Mute Schimpf, food campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said: “Today’s announcement is a long awaited step towards a more people and planet-friendly food and agricultural policy for Europe. The plans announced to reward farmers who are socially and environmentally responsible can give the CAP a new social legitimacy.

8 November 2010

Brussels, Belgium, November 8, 2010 – Plans to increase the use of biofuels in Europe over the next ten years will require up to 69 000 square kilometres of new land worldwide and make climate change worse, a new study reveals today [1].

The report finds that an area over twice the size of Belgium will need to be converted into fields and plantations – putting forests, natural ecosystems and poor communities in danger, if European countries do not change their plans for getting petrol and diesel from food crops by 2020.

8 October 2010

The European Commission’s proposals to reform the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will not prevent climate change, protect biodiversity or stop the collapse of family farming, claim Friends of the Earth Europe today. The claim comes in response to a leaked communication from the Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, who lays out a range of ideas for reforming agriculture in Europe but fails to make any concrete proposals.

8 September 2010

Brussels, 8 September 2010 – Commenting on a new World Bank report published today in which the Bank backs the practice of nations selling vast agricultural lands to foreign investors [1], Mariann Bassey, African food and agriculture coordinator for Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria said: “Rural communities and the environment in poor countries are being ignored in the rush for our land and resources. This is a problem that has been created by rich nations and is being pursued with relentless speed by overseas companies across the global south.

30 August 2010

Brussels, Belgium and Benin City, Nigeria, August 30, 2010 – The amount of land being taken in Africa to meet Europe’s increasing demand for biofuels is underestimated and out of control, new investigations by Friends of the Earth reveal today. [1]

The research, which looked at 11 African countries, found at least five million hectares of land – an area the size of Denmark – is being acquired by foreign companies to produce biofuels mainly for the European market.

14 July 2010

Brussels/Maputo, Mozambique, July 14 – Friends of the Earth has strongly criticised an agreement expected to be announced today by EU and Brazilian leaders to expand biofuels in Mozambique. The agreement to promote biofuels in Africa to power European cars is described as “immoral and perverse” by the green group.

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