Agricultural deforestation accounts for around 70 per cent of forest loss, notably for beef, soy, palm oil and commercial timber. Soy ranks as the second largest agricultural driver of deforestation after cattle products and also leads to damaging nitrogen surpluses in EU farms. The EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has encouraged the expansion of soybean cultivation, as European farmers rely on imported soy from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay to use as animal feed.
Fern is working with farmers, academics, decision makers and NGOs to propose changes to the CAP that could reduce deforestation and nitrogen surplus and increase animal health and welfare.
COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY (CAP) related resources
Protecting forests, natural ecosystems and human rights: a case for EU action
In its Communication on “Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests”, published on 23rd July 2019, the European Commission recognised that the EU consumption represents around 10% of the global share” of...
How Germany can break the link between EU meat consumption, deforestation and human suffering
Farming is the planet’s biggest driver of deforestation, and beef and soya production the prime culprits. The lion’s share of deforestation caused by these commodities is in Latin America, and Germany’s responsibility is considerable.
The Avoidable Crisis - The European Meat Industrys Environmental Catastrophe
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The right to agroecology: Using the law to support sustainable farming in Brazil
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