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.

27 August 2015

There is land embodied in everything we consume – our food, our electronic devices, our clothes. With Europe having one of the highest consumption rates in the world, where are we getting all this land from and what impacts is it having on people and planet?

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.

10 October 2014

Europe has failed to see the whole picture on biofuels - turning a blind eye to the impacts of biofuel production on people and the environment in producer countries.

28 May 2014

Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined, will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe's bioenergy needs by 2030, this new research reveals.

28 May 2014

New research by the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) for Friends of the Earth Europe shows how Europe’s consumption of bioenergy is exerting unparalleled and
unsustainable new pressures on the world’s land and forests.


With demand for bioenergy (crops and wood used for transport fuel, heating and electricity) set to more than double between now and 2030, Europe will require an area of land and
forest the size of Sweden and Poland combined to meet our bioenergy needs.

Pages