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...
Statement in response to the EU Forest Strategy
On 7 December, the European Commission released a mid-term review of the EU forest strategy, stating that it was “on track” to achieve its 2020 aims. Given that this review will form the basis of the next Forest Multi-Annual...
Civil society letter - AGRIFISH Council meeting discussion on plant proteins in the EU
On December 14, NGOs wrote to all agriculture Ministers regarding the development of plant proteins in the European Union.
Civil society letter on the EU Protein Plan to the Austrian Presidency
On October 18, European NGOs and networks, including Fern, sent an open letter to the Permanent Representation of Austria, on the occasion of the Austrian presidency, to make recommendations on the EU's upcoming protein plan. They...