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 Europe.
The letter urges MEPs not to compromise on our food sustainability and ask the following to be included in the European strategy for the promotion of protein crops:
- Ensure that the EU only imports soy that is free from deforestation and human rights abuses, by calling for an Action Plan to Protect Forests and Respect Rights
- Support the transition towards agroecological practices in the EU and sourcing countries
- Recognise that reducing demand for factory farmed animal products would reduce demand for soy
- Ensure a sustainable EU supply of protein crops