Majorca is an island typically associated with mass tourism and consumerism – which is bad news for many Majorcans, particularly when it comes to their food sovereignty. There are huge demands on agricultural (and other) resources on the island: over the summer resource demands are tripled or even quadrupled to cater for the temporary holidaying population. Amigos de la Tierra/Friends of the Earth Spain are trying to fix the system by promoting sustainable, local food solutions that reconnect farmers with those who consume their food.
Over the past fifty years, the food system has become increasingly globalised and has become heavily dependent on cheap raw materials, chemical inputs and mechanisation. The system favours large-scale intensive agriculture over small-scale farmers, international food corporations over local producers.
30,000 people marched in Berlin this Sunday under the banner 'We Are Fed Up!' The march, organised by a broad coalition of organisations including Friends of the Earth Germany, Young Friends of the Earth, targeted factory farming and the threat to small-scale sustainable farming in Europe from the planned EU-US trade deal. Friends of the Earth called for sustainable food and farming, for the German government to fundamentally reform its agricultural policy and for the EU-US trade talks to protect people and planet.
Intensive meat and dairy production is having an increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment, according to a new 'Meat Atlas' published today by Friends of the Earth Europe and the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
Every year since 2002, on the last Sunday of October, Friends of the Earth Wallonia and Brussels/Les Amis de la Terre Belgique, has invited people to 'The Big Day of the Apple'. And 2013 was no different.
Over seven thousand people attended an activist camp in Germany this weekend to demand a fundamental change in national agriculture policy ahead of the upcoming Federal elections on 22 September.
Elias Diaz Peña, Goldman Environmental prize winner from Friends of the Earth Paraguay, is touring Europe to discuss the devastating impact of soy production across South America. As a leading importer of soy, Europe is responsible for the expansion of soy production in South America and its impacts on biodiversity and local communities across the continent.
The EU's new agriculture policy is a disaster for the environment, small farmers and developing countries, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The criticism comes at the end of lengthy negotiations over the rules and support for European farmers until 2020.
Friends of the Earth Netherlands took over 11,000 orders from across the Netherlands for the first production run of their new ‘Kleine Hoefprint’ (Small hoof-print) cheese – demonstrating a real demand for high quality cheese with low environmental impact.
Members of the European Parliament today voted to continue the process of ‘greening’ European agriculture.
However the changes don’t go far enough, says Friends of the Earth Europe which is calling for much stronger measures to protect the environment and the majority of small farmers.
The vote on the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) comes on a wave of growing public opposition to industrial farming and its increasingly harmful impacts on the countryside and consumers.