Brussels, 15 October – EU chiefs must follow through with plans to slash biofuel use, Friends of the Earth Europe warned today as crucial decisions on biofuels policy reform are taken by European Commissioners in Brussels.
The warning comes on the eve of World Food Day, against the backdrop of a looming food crisis – the third in five years.
The future of green transport must not include socially and environmentally unsustainable biofuels, a coalition of environment and development campaign groups have said today in a letter to EU energy chief, Günther Oettinger.
The letter, from Friends of the Earth Europe and nine other organisations, is in response to the European Commission's draft proposal  on how to reform EU biofuels policy and the 'indirect land use change' (ILUC) impacts of biofuels, where agriculture has to expand to accommodate biofuels demand.
Hundreds of people gathered today in Brussels to call for radical changes to food and farming policy in Europe.
Farmers, citizens, and young people from more than 20 European countries took part in the final day of the Good Food March  and brought their demands for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) directly to those responsible for its reform.
The CAP is currently being debated by decision-makers in Brussels, including, for the first time, the European Parliament.
Friends of the Earth Europe, along with nine other leading green campaign groups, today wrote (.pdf) to European Ministers to urge them not to make any decisions about the EU budget before they clarify what the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will deliver for citizens.
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  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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.