1 August 2010

EU biofuel targets are leading to a rapid increase in demand for agricultural land at the expense of forests and other carbon rich habitats. This expansion is often indirect - biofuel crops displace other crops which move to the forest. Scientific research has now shown that emissions from indirect land use change (ILUC) have the potential to negate any greenhouse gas emission savings which might be generated from biofuel use.

1 November 2009

This analysis of EU biofuel policy highlights the failure of EU law to account for the environmental impact of indirect land use change when calculating the greenhouse gas benefits of biofuels meaning there is a substantial risk that current EU biofuel policy will cause more harm than good.

The report also warns that current EU legislation fails to address the risks to biodiversity and to vulnerable communities in some of the poorest regions of the world.

1 June 2009

This report from the Green10 group of environmental organisations working at EU level examines the environmental record of the outgoing European Commission which it concludes is worringly off target. It examines successes and failures of the Commission in 12 policy areas that impact the environment, and sets out a checklist for the next Commission.

1 September 2008

'Fuelling Destruction in Latin America' looks at current and proposed developments in a number of Southern and Central American countries, all of which are scaling up agrofuel production at alarming rates to meet domestic and, increasingly, export demand to supply diesel and gasoline to Europe and the US.

The report states that increasing the amount of land destined to grow crops for agrofuels means increasing deforestation and wildlife destruction, increased land conflicts, eviction of rural people, poor working conditions and environmental pollution.

1 April 2008

Attempts to use certification schemes to reduce the widespread environmental and social problems caused by growing crops for fuels and animal feeds are bound to fail.

The report from Friends of the Earth groups comes amid global worries about the increasingly tragic impacts of rising food prices. Biofuels - plants grown to make fuel not food - have been blamed as one factor driving this trend.

1 March 2008

Untested and potentially hazardous manufactured nanomaterials can be found in food, food packaging and other products on supermarket shelves across the European Union, according to a new report released by Friends of the Earth Europe.

'Out of the laboratory and on to our plates: Nanotechnology in food and agriculture' reveals that despite concerns about the toxicity risks of nanomaterials, consumers are unknowingly ingesting them because regulators are struggling to keep pace with their rapidly expanding use.

1 October 2007

This report examines the biotech industry's corporate lobby power and its access to one of the key EU institutions, the European Commission. It focuses on one of the key biotech lobby groups - EuropaBio - and recent examples of the cosy relationship between the companies who stand to make considerable profits from agricultural biotechnology, and policy makers at the European Commission.

1 March 2007

A scoping study on how European agricultural biotechnology will fail the Lisbon objectives and on the socio-economic benefits of ecologically compatible farming. 

1 March 2006

Proceedings of the conference organised by Friends of the Earth Europe, Women in Development Europe with the support of the Heinrich B�ll Foundation and the European Parliament's Intergroup on Globalisation - Brussels, 09 November 2005.

1 December 2005

Key recommendations for the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference by Friends of the Earth International.

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