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Civil society letter on the EU Protein Plan
On May 29, European NGOs, including Fern, sent an open letter to the EU Commission for Agriculture Phil Hogan to make recommendations on the EU's upcoming protein plan. They include: Reducing EU production and consumption of...
Statement from civil society representatives on the EU’s Role in Protecting Forests and Rights
Civil society leaders helping to halt the trade in illegal timber and illegal deforestation came to Europe in March 2018 to meet with representatives from the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the European...
The Avoidable Crisis - The European Meat Industrys Environmental Catastrophe
The "avoidable crisis" is an investigation that reveals the disastrous impacts caused by soy production in Argentina and Paraguay’s Gran Chaco. The soy is then sent to feed and meat processors and used to raise the livestock for...
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...
European Commission study shows path to end agricultural deforestation – now it must act
A study published on March 16 by the European Commission offers a long-awaited blueprint for ending the European Union’s central role in agricultural deforestation – clearing forests for soy, palm oil, cocoa and other agricultural...
Civil society statement: EU Protein Plan for Europe - Please stand up for forests, people and animals!
On March 8, NGOs sent a letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development calling them on standing up for forests, people and animals when voting on the EU Protein Plan for...
NGO Statement calling on the Commission to propose an EU Action Plan
On February 7, NGOs sent an open letter to the EU Commission calling it on to commit to developing a formal action plan, including legislative measures, as soon as possible within the course of the coming months.Failure to act...
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...
Recommendations for an EU Action Plan to Protect Forests and Respect Rights
Keeping forests standing and restoring ecosystems is essential if the world is to meet biodiversity objectives and the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.The EU will be an important player and has...
Tackling deforestation and forest degradation: a case for EU action
This statement outlines eight NGOs' vision for an Action Plan to Protect Forests and Protect Rights. It proposes new measures that build on and strengthen governmental and corporate commitments for zero deforestation and respect...