Today, the European Parliament agreed new EU laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels.
EU law makers ruled that biofuels can compete with food production, contribute to climate change, and put pressure on land use – and so have set a limit on the quantity of biofuels that can be used to meet EU energy targets (at no more than 7% of transport energy).
The globalisation of food production has led to an industrial monopoly within the agricultural sector. A small number of companies now dominate the supply of seeds, agri-chemicals, processing, logistics and even food production. However, communities across Europe are showing that there is another option, and taking back ownership of food production – as our new report shows.
Limiting the use of biofuels from food crops that can be used to fuel Europe's cars moved a step closer today after MEPs voted to reform the EU's biofuels policy.
EU law-makers voted once again to put a cap on the use of crops to make biofuels and also to account for their full climate impact. However the limit would still expand the use of food crops for fuel and would not end biofuels competing with food production.
Ahead of a crucial EU vote on capping biofuel quotas on Tuesday, almost 200 civil society organisations from across South East Asia and Latin America have called on EU decision-makers to halt the devastating impacts of EU biofuels policy on people and the environment.
Friends of the Earth Europe, ARC2020 and IFOAM EU Group's 'Good Food Good Farming' conference this week brought together more than 150 civil society members, policymakers and farmers to find solutions to fix Europe's broken food system and to take up the task of making organic, local and sustainable farming the rule, rather than the exception, across Europe.
A new opinion poll released today on the eve of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2015 in Berlin reveals high public support for more food to be produced sustainably and sold locally.
Across Europe, there is overwhelming support for the benefits of local, sustainable food – yet opinion polls show that it is hard for people to access it and citizens are demanding more of policymakers to improve the situation.
Tereza Konrádová and Klára Havlová from Hnutí DUHA/Friends of the Earth Czech Republic report on farmers across their country who are bringing sustainable, good, local food back to citizens.
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.
This week, two Indonesian activists came to Brussels to speak to MEPs and policymakers to highlight the devastating impact that EU biofuels policy is having on their country.
Deforestation and land grabbing
Indonesia has some of the most biodiverse rainforest in the world. Yet it is now the world's premier site of deforestation, driven by the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations.