18 October 2018

Every year, big factory farms in the EU rear more animals for meat than there are humans alive on Earth. More than eight billion animals is a huge number of mouths to feed – and much of the food that ends up doing this job is soy, largely imported from Latin America, and increasingly also from the USA.

25 September 2018

Today – on a global day of action to end poverty, reduce inequalities, and tackle climate change – a coalition of civil society organisations has launched a manifesto with core demands for the political leadership of the EU and the candidates in the 2019 European Elections.

20 June 2018

As the dust starts to settle after new EU farming rules were proposed, Adrian Bebb, food and farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, looks ahead at their likely impact

4 June 2018

Reacting to Bayer's decision to drop the Monsanto name as part of its near-complete takeover of the agribusiness giant, Adrian Bebb, food and farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said:

"Bayer will become Monsanto in all but name unless it takes drastic measures to distance itself from the US chemical giant's controversial past. If it continues to peddle dangerous pesticides and unwanted GMOs then it will quickly find itself dealing with the same global resistance that Monsanto did."

24 May 2018

The food and farming system in the EU is the result of different policies coming together over many decades. I now includes policies and laws connected to agriculture, food production, trade, food safety, seeds, environment, climate, nature protection, health, rural development, workers' rights and many more.

17 May 2018

Nature protection efforts are being undermined by the European Commission’s failure to consistently challenge Member States on illegal nature destruction, warn four nature NGOs in a new publication today.

30 April 2018

Commenting on the announcement today by the European Commission to provisionally approve the acquisition by German chemical company BASF of parts of Bayer's Crop Science business, clearing the way for the Bayer-Monsanto merger, Adrian Bebb, Senior Food Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said:

12 April 2018

Today, the European Commission published a proposal for a directive on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain.

Friends of the Earth Europe, Oxfam, Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) and the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) welcome the new directive and call on the European Parliament and member states to strengthen the Commission’s proposal.

21 March 2018

The European Commission today approved the merger of Bayer and Monsanto, paving the way for the creation of the world's largest and most powerful agribusiness company.

The approval is subject to the two companies selling off a series of assets, including a number of seeds and pesticide products. However, given that the agribusiness sector is already highly concentrated, these businesses will be bought by similarly large competitors.

27 February 2018

New polling shows citizens are against the planned merger of agribusiness giants Bayer and Monsanto, with a majority (54%) thinking it is "very" or "fairly important" that the European Commission blocks it – more than three times the number who think it would be unimportant [1].

The YouGov survey results from Germany, France, Spain, Denmark and the UK also shows that the merger gives 47% of EU citizens "serious" or "very serious" concerns, while just 11% think the merger offers any potential.

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