22 March 2016

European organisations active in farming, development, environment, climate, animal welfare, food systems and public health, sent this open letter to President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, appealing for him to consider a review of the European food and farming system.

The organisations involved believe that this system is largely broken and that the main policy currently addressing it – the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) – requires an urgent assessment, as it seems not equipped to address the fundamental challenges that Europe is facing in this sector.

25 January 2016

The laws that protect nature across Europe – the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives (known as the 'nature directives') – are currently being reviewed by the European Union as part of the REFIT (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme) process. The review will continue until the end of 2016.

In this report, Friends of the Earth outlines its concerns that the EU may weaken these crucial laws that form the cornerstone of nature protection and restoration.

1 October 2015

The European Commission launched an initiative that aims at promoting the transition to the circular economy through a comprehensive approach that integrates the whole value chain. Agriculture is a clear example of a sector that could readily operate to circular principles. At present, however, it is linear in its structure. It uses unnecessarily high levels of inputs, a large proportion of which are not converted into edible products but instead result in wasteful and environmentally damaging outputs. The circular economy package needs to inlcude agriculture.

13 April 2015

This briefing looks at how communities are taking control of the food revolution, and bypassing supermarkets to reconnect citizens with the food they eat and the people that produce it. With case studies from Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and Hungary, it demonstrates the variety and creativity of those working together for a better food future.

The English-language version of this briefing was updated in May 2016 with new case studies from Germany and Hungary.

8 February 2015

It is widely acknowledged that the CAP – the EU's Common Agricultural Policy – has encouraged a model of agriculture that damages the environment – contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss, soil erosion and water pollution. It has promoted factory farming at the expense of viable incomes for farmers in rural areas.

This report showcases successful examples of transitioning towards local food systems – agroecology – across the EU, and indicates the priorities governments should have to encourage a better food system.

14 January 2015

This briefing explains the results of an opinion poll conducted by TNS Opinion in 8 countries on behalf of Friends of the Earth Europe. Europeans were asked about their habits and views in relation to locally produced food. The polling found that Europeans see a lot of benefits to buying locally produced food, but that there are problems which currently make it more difficult. Click here for an inforgraphic showing the main findings of the opinion poll.

28 March 2014

There is growing international recognition that fundamental changes are needed in the food system and our approach to agriculture to deal with a range of major global challenges. Persistent hunger and growing inequalities, malnutrition and massive wastages, as well as climate change and the
collapse of biodiversity all indicate that the way we manage resources and produce food is not well and far from being sustainable.

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.