26 March 2018

In recent decades, European food and farming have become heavily unbalanced in favour of industrial agricultural systems and factory farming, which produce meat, dairy and eggs unsustainably. We joined a large and diverse range of European civil society organisations – active in the areas of farming, pastoralism, animal welfare, environment, social justice, climate, forestry, health, consumers, development, fair trade and cooperatives – to write to the presidents of the EU institutions to demand a fundamental change.

20 March 2018

Ahead of a final decision from the European Commission on the Bayer-Monsanto meger, over 70 civil society organisations have called on the European Commission to reject the merger on competition grounds.

8 March 2018

Ahead of a vote in the European Parliament's agriculture committee on EU policy on soy crops in the EU, we joined FERN, Humane Society International, Compassion in World Farming, Arche NOAH and Slow Food to call on MEPs to support an EU protein strategy that puts people and planet first.

31 October 2017

The Agribusiness Atlas is a unique collection of facts and infographics that show the dramatic impacts of the global food system being rapidly monopolised by ever-fewer, ever-larger corporations at every stage of the food chain. This alarming trend poses risks to consumer choice, jobs and working conditions and food production in the future, warn the report's authors. A selection of free-to-use infographics from the report are available here.

16 October 2017

This is a summary briefing of new research led by Ioannis Lianos, Professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy and Director of the Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES) at University College London (UCL), which concludes that even on a narrow reading of EU competition law, the merger between Monsanto and German 'life science' company Bayer should not be permitted.

27 March 2017

The proposed mergers of Bayer with Monsanto, Dow with DuPont, and ChemChina with Syngenta threaten European farmers, workers, consumers, the environment, and food security.

6 March 2017

Joint statement by over 150 civil society organisations on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The European food and farming system is broken: it is working for the interests of a few to the detriment of the majority of people, farmers, and the planet. A reformed CAP must empower fair and diverse faming economies, support a healthy environment, good animal welfare, and citizens' wellbeing, and be underpinned by participatory governance, citizens' empowerment and democracy.

7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts, according to this new report.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted in the EU through renewable energy policies and a specific Bioeconomy Strategy, and is likely to be included in future legislation on plastics and packaging.

7 December 2016

A number of existing and emerging EU policies and initiatives to green plastics, packaging, fuels and more through plant-based sources are at risk of backfiring with big social and environmental impacts.

Substituting fossil-based products for plant-based ones is the core idea of the 'bioeconomy', which is promoted by the EU, governments and industry, with the promised benefit of reduced reliance on fossil fuels. However, this can come at a high environmental and social price. Friends of the Earth Europe outline their policy positions on the bioeconomy in this briefing.

10 November 2016

Our open letter to EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, expressing concerns regarding his commitment to invest in promoting meat consumption in Europe and promoting European beef in foreign markets. The letter was co-signed with Slow Food, the European Environmental Bureau, Compassion in World Farming, Eat Better, Humane Society International, Greenpeace EU, SAFE, Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Eurogroup for Animals and Friends of the Earth Europe.

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