8 October 2020

This report shows the damage that the rise in factory farming in Europe is doing to the climate and human health, and advocates for a full phase out of factory farming in the EU by 2040.

1 October 2020

Several organisations from the food, farming, development, climate, environmental, and public health movements across the European Union write to the heads of the EU express their strong alarm at the current failure of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to reflect the priorities of the European Green Deal.
Their main demand: The new CAP must become a powerful policy transformation tool to initiate the urgently needed transition towards sustainable and socially just food systems, therefore it has to be fully aligned with the European Green Deal.

20 July 2020

Together with a coalition of NGOs, we wrote to the European Commission to request a meeting to ensure the Common Agricultural Policy is brought in line with the climate, environmental and biodiversity committments of the European Green Deal.

9 June 2020

Insects are in decline across the world because of industrial farming and heavy pesticide use which are threatening food production, according to the Insect Atlas released today by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Friends of the Earth Europe.

Insects keep the planet's ecological system running, and ensure our food supply - 75% of our most important crops depend on pollination by insects. Insects also improve soil quality and reduce plant pests by decomposing manure and dead plant matter.

19 May 2020

Plans for reforming food and farming policies, in particular the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), feature digitalisation as a universal solution for more environmentally and pollinator-friendly farming. This new report warns however that digital farming, instead of benefiting the climate and environment, could further tighten the stranglehold of corporations on our food.

18 May 2020

The EU Farm to Fork strategy is a set of proposed legislative and voluntary actions as part of the European Green Deal with the stated aim to make EU food “the global standard for sustainability”.

The EU Biodiversity Strategy is a package of commitments, targets and actions aiming to “put Europe's biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030” and to ensure external policies and actions do not negatively impact biodiversity abroad.

This briefing sets out key tests to look out for to judge wehter these Strategies are sufficient to address the crises we face.

30 April 2020

Plans for a 'European Green Deal' were presented by the European Commission as a "man on the moon" moment, which it claimed would herald an economic paradigm shift. But while the language is full of promise, the strong rhetoric disguises only moderate proposals.

Friends of the Earth Europe has developed five over-arching principles to guide decision-making around a European Green Deal.

A European Green Deal capable of delivering systemic change, and putting us on a path to a just and sustainable future, must be based on these Principles for Transformation:

25 February 2020

Ahead of the European Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy, we wrote to key Commissioners and Commission Vice-President Timmermans to call on them to recognise and address the need to reduce and improve the production and consumption of meat, dairy and eggs in the strategy.

19 February 2020

Can digital farming really address the systemic causes of agriculture's impact on the environment and society, or will it entrench them? This new briefing looks at the EU Commission's package of measures to create a "European digital society", how these fall short in the agricultural field, and what needs to be done instead.

30 January 2020

EU demand for beef, soy (for animal feed) and palm oil is driving deforestation in the Global South. This briefing looks at what is driving the problem, the limitations of current approaches to tackle it (including sustainability certification schemes), and proposes a way forward based on a broad policy perspective based on ensuring food sovereignty.