28 March 2014

There is increasing evidence which shows that "business-as-usual" for the food system is no longer an option. Agro-technologies, such as high-yielding crop varieties, agrochemical inputs and mechanization have mainly benefited large land owners and transnational corporations, at the
expense of small businesses, the most vulnerable and the environment. Unless challenged, the already-significant ecological footprint of industrial agriculture is expected to increase as a result of future global environmental change.

9 January 2014

The report presents a global perspective on the impacts of industrial meat and dairy production, and illustrates its increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment. The way we produce and consume meat and dairy needs a radical rethink.

The Meat Atlas aims to catalyse the debate over the need for better, safer and more sustainable food and farming and advocates clear individual and political solutions.

6 January 2014

The global system of intensive meat and dairy production is having an increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment –
the system is broken. The way we produce and consume meat and dairy needs a radical rethink, in order to curb corporate control over food, to  reduce health and environmental impacts and to help citizens move towards a more sustainable diet.

This document summarises the full version of the Meat Atlas, and clarifies its associated policy demands.

9 September 2013

This study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) for Friends of the Earth Europe finds that Europe’s drivers are being forced to fill their tanks with increasing amounts of palm oil, with reliance on the controversial biofuel set to rise even further.

According to the data, palm oil use has increased much more than predicted and now stands at 20% of the biodiesel mix. The EU consumes 40% more palm oil (for food, fuel and cosmetics) today compared to 6 years ago, despite continual warnings about the unsustainability of palm oil expansion. 

2 July 2013

The European Parliament and the Council of the EU are currently considering reforms that could change the course of biofuels policy – by ensuring that only biofuels that "help achieving substantial emission cuts, do not directly compete with food and are more sustainable at the same time" are promoted.

However, a new analysis by Searchinger shows that the proposal being debated does not deliver this.

3 March 2013

Between now and the end of 2013, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will undergo a major reform. This means that on the 1st of January 2014, a new agriculture policy for the European Union with a new budget will enter into force.

1 December 2012

This briefing examines the root causes of Europe's biofuels policy, and its costly environmental impacts - particularly on Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC), CO2 emissions, food prices, water usage, biodiversity, and landgrabbing.

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 this critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.

1 June 2011

Thirteen factsheets highlighting thirteen reasons for reforming the Common Agricultural Policy, in coalition with leading Brussels NGOs.

1 April 2011

This briefing reveals the hidden costs of GM crop cultivation that are being unfairly pushed onto conventional and organic sectors – risking further GMO-contamination and increased food prices.