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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.
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...
New proposal for Common Agricultural Policy – a slap in the face for the environment
Environmental and animal welfare NGOs have slammed a new legislative proposal for the EU’s farm policy, published 1 June 2018. The proposal defines the direction of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) post 2020 and is the first...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The right to agroecology: Using the law to support sustainable farming in Brazil
This publication shows how existing national and international legal frameworks can support sustainable agriculture in Brazil, thereby reducing pressure to convert forests to large plantations. Small-scale farmers are increasingly...