Publications & Insight
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.
EU consumption of beef and deforestation
Cattle and deforestation
Beef production is the biggest agricultural driver of global forest loss. Forests in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, all members of the Mercosur trade bloc, are being destroyed on an epic scale to make...
Everyone agrees: It’s time to talk about meat!
Everything points to it: meat-heavy diets are grinding up global land resources and threatening both human health (such as by increasing cancer rates) and global biodiversity, directly and indirectly.
Mighty Earth and Fern...
Civil society open letter: a call for policy action on animal farming
In this open letter to the Presidents of the three main institutions of the European Union, civil society organisations, including Fern, call for more European policy action on animal farming. They ask the European Union to step...
La crisis evitable - la catástrofe medioambiental de la industria europea de la carne
La "crisis evitable" es una investigación que revela las consecuencias desastrosas de la producción de la soya en Argentina y Paraguay. La soya luego se envía a los procesadores de alimentos y carne y se utiliza para criar los...
EU consumption of soy and deforestation
Soy is the second largest agricultural driver of deforestation after cattle products (with agriculture responsible for about 70 per cent of all deforestation). According to a 2013 study for the European Commission, soy expansion...
Climate change linked to animal products: Germany proposes action, the EU thwarts its own goals
Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is calling for higher taxes on animal products, given that meat and dairy production make a hefty contribution to climate change. Indeed, livestock production generates roughly 14.5 per...
Letter to Commissioner Hogan re: commitment to promote meat consumption
Twelve NGOs have written to the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development to express concerns about his commitment to invest in promoting meat consumption in Europe and European beef in foreign markets.