9 January 2008

BRUSSELS (Belgium) / LONDON (UK), 9 January 2008 - Friends of the Earth Europe has welcomed a ruling today by the UK advertising watchdog that describing palm oil as "sustainably produced" is false advertising.

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling followed a Friends of the Earth Europe complaint against an advert by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council. [1]

7 December 2007

Brussels, 7 December 2007 - A leaked copy of a new draft law to regulate the use of agrofuels (biofuels) in Europe reveals that the EU will fail to protect the environment and the world's poor, warned Friends of the Earth Europe today.

9 October 2007

Brussels/Amsterdam, 9 October 2007 - Green campaigners warned today that proposals for certifying palm oil as sustainable are flawed. As the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) presented proposals to label sustainable palm oil, Friends of the Earth groups staged an installation of screaming tree stumps outside the meeting in Brussels, representing the current environmental violations caused by producing palm oil.

19 September 2007

Brussels, 19 September 2007 - Friends of the Earth Europe today accused the European Union of ignoring key warnings about the environmental and social problems of agrofuels - also called biofuels. The environmental group today published a list of recent cautions from prominent organisations and launched an email campaign urging the public to write to their politicians.

11 September 2007

Brussels, 11 September 2007 - Today Friends of the Earth Europe called for the EU to scrap its target for using plant-based agrofuels for transport, after a leaked paper revealed the OECD's [1] grave concerns about their social and environmental effects.

3 July 2007

Jakarta (Indonesia) / Amsterdam (The Netherlands) / Brussels (Belgium), 3 July 2007 - Wilmar, the world's biggest trader in palm oil, is illegally logging rainforests, setting forests on fire and violating the rights of local communities in Indonesia according to a new report published today by Friends of the Earth Netherlands.

25 June 2007

Brussels, 26 June 2007 - The Environment Committee today voted for a modest improvement on the proposed Thematic Strategy and Framework Directive on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides. Environmental and health groups EEB, Friends of the Earth Europe, Health & Environment Alliance and Pesticides Action Network Europe, are glad that Members of the European Parliament have successfully brought in some positive measures to reduce total exposure to and risks from pesticides. The improved proposals received overwhelming cross-party support.

18 February 2005

Brussels, 18 February 2005 - Europe's largest network of environmental groups today warns that trans-Atlantic relations cannot improve unless the United States takes environmental issues and citizens' rights more seriously, and drops its corporate-led foreign policies. Ahead of President Bush's visit to Europe, Friends of the Earth is particularly scathing of the US's lack of action on climate change and its blatant attempt, via the World Trade Organisation, to force-feed the world genetically modified (GM) foods.

15 October 2004

Billions of euros of CAP subsidies will start flowing from Brussels to the new member states tomorrow (Sat. 16 October) without necessary environmental safeguards, a new Friends of the Earth Europe research warns.

6 September 2004

Brussels, 6 September - Friends of the Earth is calling on the European Commission to halt proposals that would allow farmers to commercially grow up to 17 different types of genetically modified (GM) maize seeds in fields across the whole of Europe. The Commission, which is meeting in Brussels on Wednesday 8 September, also wants to legalise the widespread GM contamination of conventional crops.

Friends of the Earth, Europe's largest grassroots environmental network, believes the proposals will threaten Europe's food and farming and take away consumers right to avoid GM food.

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