European farmers are getting hit hard by free trade deals, a report from the European Commission states today. Following a request by 20 EU farm ministers the European Commission was obliged to carry out an assessment on the cumulative impacts on EU agricultural sectors by 12 current and proposed free trade agreements. The study published today concludes that the existence of whole EU farm sectors – such as pasture-fed beef production – will be at risk from such agreements .
A wave of civil disobedience by activists across Europe shed light on the European Commission, corporate lobbyists and governments for their role in pushing free trade deals such as CETA (EU-Canada) and TTIP (EU-US).
The actions took place in response to a call to participate in Round 2 of TTIP Game Over, a civil disobedient action platform calling for an end to all free trade deals. The call is supported by trade unions, farmers groups and NGOs from across Europe.
The fight back against industrial agriculture and for a just and sustainable future for farming and peasant farmers took a leap forward this week as the largest-ever European Forum on food sovereignty concluded.
Stanka Becheva, our food and farming campaigner, on why we need to put agroecology – small scale and sustainable farming solutions – at the heart of European agricultural policy.
The controversial trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could spell disaster for European farming, finds a new report from Friends of the Earth Europe.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the International Day of Peasants' and Farmers' Struggle – a date highlighting the persecution and violence suffered by peasants and farmers around the world.
Over 23,000 people marched in Berlin this Saturday under the banner 'We Are Fed Up!' The march, organised by a broad coalition of organisations including Friends of the Earth Germany, Young Friends of the Earth, and allies working on issues from farming, to beekeeping, nature, animal rights, development and consumer interests, called for organic farming, animal welfare, fair trade and an end to industrial agriculture.
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.