The EU must act on new evidence of soy’s destructive role in the tropics
Spurred on by a wave of food scandals - as well as rising consumer anxieties over the environment and animal welfare - major retailers across Europe are sourcing more of their meat from local, sustainable sources. It should be a...
Les femmes camerounaises sont les premières victimes des monocultures de palmiers à huile
« L’heure est venue : les activistes rurales et urbaines transforment la vie des femmes ».
Il ne s’agit pas là du titre d’une campagne d’une organisation non gouvernementale, mais de la thématique de la journée international des...
How local rights can halt global wrongs: the legal path to sustainable farming in Brazil
Agricultural expansion is devastating the world’s forests.
In Brazil the levelling of forests to grow soy to feed an insatiable export market has also led to human rights violations, including forced evictions, land grabs and...
Blog: How can EU policies halt deforestation?
In the five years between 2010 and 2015, EU consumption raized an area of forests the size of Portugal. In 2012 alone, the EU imported EUR 6 billion of soy, palm, leather, and beef produced on forests illegally converted to...
Blog: Trading in incoherence? EU trade policy needs improving to give forests, communities and the climate a fair chance
When it comes to global trade, it is difficult to overestimate the EU’s importance. It is the world’s second largest importer (after the US), and the second largest exporter (after China), and has an overall share of world trade...
The EU’s hunger for soy is causing destruction in Brazil. Here’s how it can be stopped.
Delegates from across the world are gathering in Brasilia this week for the Annual General Assembly of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a global coalition of governments, NGOs and companies, who aim to tackle the destruction of...
Guest blog: Why the failed Unilever takeover matters for forests
Whether one global mega-corporation succeeds in buying another global mega-corporation is not normally a subject of much interest to environmentalists.
Kraft Heinz’s rapidly abandoned US $143 billion tilt at Unilever is...
How can we stop European consumption destroying forests?
Educate shoppers better about where agricultural commodities come from, and penalise 'bad' products
The EU's 'stolen goods'
Recently, we have seen the emergence of a grave new threat: Tropical forests are now being destroyed not so much for their timber, but to make way for commercial agriculture — driven by the insatiable demand of the “global north” for products such as palm oil, beef and soy. The consequences, both for the fight against climate change and for forest-dependent communities, are catastrophic.