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EU Commission in denial about Europe’s industrial meat problem, Greenpeace

February 2020

Brussels – A European Commission presentation to national governments on the Commission’s upcoming ‘farm-to-fork’ strategy denies Europe’s industrial meat problem, said Greenpeace. The presentation, given on 31 January by the…

Open letter to Commission President von der Leyen on the European Green Deal

December 2019

Greenpeace sent a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her team, calling on them to use the European Green Deal to restructure the economic system that for…

Leaked European Green Deal is not up to the task, Greenpeace

November 2019

Brussels, 29 November 2019 – Draft plans for a European Green Deal would have minimal impact on the worsening climate and ecological emergencies, warned Greenpeace.  Greenpeace has obtained a recent…

Incoming EU farming boss must back less and better meat and dairy, Greenpeace

October 2019

The nominee to be the next European agriculture commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski of Poland, must steer EU farm policy away from industrial production of meat and dairy to keep his promises…

Activists urge von der Leyen to save forests, fight climate breakdown

September 2019

Incoming EU Commission President greeted in The Hague with burning globe The Hague – Greenpeace activists greeted incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, this evening in…

European leaders must stop complicity in Amazon fires

August 2019

Twenty-six NGOs sent an open letter to European leaders urging them to end European complicity in the fires raging in the Amazon. NGOs believe the EU can act decisively in…

UN report on land exploitation exposes blind spot in EU climate action

August 2019

EU Green Deal must begin shift to climate change-resilient farming, Greenpeace Brussels – A landmark UN report on the impact of human land exploitation has exposed a giant gap in the…

340+ organisations call on EU to halt trade negotiations with Brazil

June 2019

Brussels – In an open letter published today, over 340 civil society organisations are demanding that the European Union immediately halt trade negotiations with the Mercosur bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay…

EU Commission buries climate impact of farming policy, Greenpeace

May 2019

Brussels – Greenhouse gas emissions from European farming have been rising steadily since 2012, according to a new European Commission report about the climate impact of the EU’s common agricultural policy.…

Open letter to EU Commission president candidates on EU food system

May 2019

Over 30 civil society organisations, in the areas of farming, fisheries, environment, animal welfare, health, consumers, consumer co-operatives, development, social justice, climate, and forestry, wrote to the ‘Spitzenkadidaten’ – the…

Scientists and indigenous groups right to raise alarm about impact of EU trade – Greenpeace

April 2019

Brussels – Over 600 scientists from across Europe and representatives of 300 Indigenous groups from Brazil have called on the European Union to make trade talks with Brazil conditional on the…

Factory farms divide the European Parliament

April 2019

Agriculture committee votes against basic animal welfare, Greenpeace Members of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee voted today for the EU to continue subsidising Europe’s most environmentally destructive factory

EU Parliament must choose family farms over factory farms, Greenpeace

April 2019

A giant squealing pig in a cage greeted members of the European Parliament today in Brussels, ahead of a crucial vote on the future of farming in Europe.Activists called on…

MEPs to vote on the future of factory farms

March 2019

On 2 April, MEPs on the European Parliament’s agriculture committee will weigh in on a European Commission plan to reform the EU’s common agricultural policy The committee will vote on…

Letter to Commissioner Hogan on EU money for livestock

February 2019

Greenpeace wrote to the EU agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, requesting a response to the Greenpeace report Feeding the Problem.  Download the letter here.

Crunch time for factory farming in Europe

February 2019

On 2 April, the European Parliament’s agriculture committee will have its say on the next seven years of the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP). Will the agriculture committee MEPs follow…

MEPs slowly turn tide against factory farms

February 2019

Environment committee votes for more funding for ecological farming, cuts for intensive animal farms Strasbourg/Brussels – The European Parliament’s environment committee has voted to increase environmental and animal welfare protections under…

Feeding the Problem: the dangerous intensification of animal farming in Europe

February 2019

Industrial production and excessive consumption of meat and dairy products have grave impacts on our climate, our environment and our health. Europe’s consumption habits and production levels have widely exceeded…

Over 71% of EU farmland dedicated to meat and dairy, new research

February 2019

At least 71% of the EU’s farmland is used to feed livestock, according to new research published by Greenpeace. Around 63% of arable land is dedicated to feeding farm animals.

Leak: European governments pave way for bee-killing pesticides

January 2019

Retreat from safety standards that led to ban of three neonicotinoid pesticides Brussels, 23 January 2019 – Under pressure from pesticide producers and governments, the European Commission is planning to…

NGO letter to Commission President Juncker on bee-killing pesticides

January 2019

NGOs wrote to European Commission President Juncker to tell him that bees are still exposed to dangerous pesticides, despite EU ban of three neonicotinoids Download the letter to President Juncker…

Bees still exposed to dangerous pesticides

January 2019

Despite EU ban of three neonicotinoids, bees are still at risk Greenpeace and over 50 other organisations wrote to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling on him to ensure EU…

EU Commission promises to step up action against deforestation

December 2018

Brussels – In a roadmap released today, the European Commission has promised to address global deforestation and cut the EU’s footprint on the world’s forests. The roadmap highlights the link between…

Governments call for swift EU action on global deforestation

November 2018

Brussels – Seven European governments have ramped up pressure on the European Commission to deliver a long-awaited action plan by the end of the year to tackle global deforestation. The letter…

EU financial auditors poke holes in farming plan’s green credentials

November 2018

EU risks a race to the bottom in European farming environmental standards, Greenpeace Brussels – The European Court of Auditors, the EU’s financial watchdog, has poked holes in the European…

Meat and dairy is elephant in the room at EU agriculture Council

October 2018

Brussels – European agriculture ministers made no reference to meat and dairy production’s contribution to climate change, as they set out their national positions on the EU’s ongoing reform of…

EU Parliament demands urgent action to meet 2020 goal to halt deforestation

September 2018

Brussels – The European Parliament has demanded swift action from the European Commission to cut Europe’s footprint on the world’s forests and its associated impact on climate change, species loss and…

Greenpeace response to EU measures against impact of heatwave on farming

August 2018

Brussels – The European Commission has announced measures in response to drought conditions in Europe. Farmers will receive subsidies in advance, and will be exempted from requirements to protect the…

EU court tells Germany to cut the crap

June 2018

Industrial farming to blame for manure polluting water, Greenpeace The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled that Germany breached EU law by allowing manure runoff from farms…

EU farming plan could spell disaster for environment, Greenpeace

June 2018

The European Commission proposal for the new common agricultural policy (CAP) fails the environment and the climate, according to Greenpeace. The new CAP proposal gives national governments the responsibility to…

Investigation: Majority of EU Parliament agriculture committee linked to industry

May 2018

Involve other committees in EU agriculture policy reform or risk health and environment, Greenpeace A majority of MEPs on the European Parliament’s agriculture committee have strong links to the farming…

Out of Balance - industry links in the European Parliament AGRI committee

May 2018

For 56 years, European farming has been guided by the European Union’s common agricultural policy (CAP) and the subsidies it distributes to European farmers. The CAP currently accounts for almost…

EU budget leaves environment in the cold

May 2018

The European Commission has slashed funding earmarked for environmental protection in a draft seven-year EU budget released today. The Commission has removed environmental funding under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP),…

Investigation: EU subsidises Europe’s most polluting livestock farms

April 2018

CAP payments fund factory farms leaking ammonia into air and water Subsidies from the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are supporting some of Europe’s most polluting livestock farms, a…

Investigation: How CAP promotes pollution

April 2018

Subsidies from the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are supporting some of Europe’s most polluting livestock farms, a Greenpeace investigation has revealed. Over half (51%) of the farms examined…

Letter to EU presidents on animal farming

March 2018

Europe’s farming system heavily favours industrial agriculture and intensive meat and dairy farming. We wrote to EU Commission President Juncker, EU Council President Tusk and EU Parliament President Tajani –…

Letter to EU Commissioners on the future of CAP

March 2018

Environmental NGOs, farmers, food movements and animal welfare groups wrote to EU Commission First Vice-President Timmermans, and Commissioners Günther Oettinger, Jyrki Katainen, Karmenu Vella and Phil Hogan to voice concerns…

Environment and health concerns ignored by EU agriculture ministers

March 2018

A statement by European agriculture ministers on the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) ignores the impacts on public health and the environment, according to Greenpeace. The text comes ahead of…

Halve meat and dairy production to protect climate, nature and health

March 2018

Global meat and dairy production and consumption must be cut in half by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change and keep the Paris climate agreement on track, says a new…

Bee-killing pesticides dangerous even when used in greenhouses, new research

December 2017

Proposed EU restrictions on neonicotinoids would allow use in greenhouses Brussels/Exeter – Bees and other wildlife are exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides even if they are used only inside greenhouses, a…

Study: dangers of neonicotinoid use in greenhouses

December 2017

Will the use of neonicotinoids in greenhouses continue to present a risk for bees and other organisms? The European Commission has proposed a ban on three neonicotinoids – imidacloprid,clothianidin and…

EU farming reform plan overlooks impact of meat sector, Greenpeace

November 2017

Brussels – On the eve of a major reform of European Union farming rules, the European Commission has glossed over the growing environmental and health impact of the industrial meat…

Commission takes major step to ban three bee-harming pesticides

March 2017

Governments must close remaining loopholes The European Commission has proposed a ban of three neonicotinoid pesticides known to harm bees and other species, except for use in permanent greenhouses, according…

Over 150 civil society groups call for reform of European agricultural policies

March 2017

Brussels – Over 150 European civil society organisations representing environmental and social justice networks, organic farmers, pastoralists, peasants, sustainable forestry groups, health groups, animal welfare organisations, consumer rights bodies, development,…

Neonicotinoids bigger threat to wild bees and other animals than previously thought

January 2017

Limits of partial EU ban exposed Brussels, 12 January 2017 – Neonicotinoid pesticides pose serious risks not only to honeybees, but also to many other species, according to a scientific…

Bee-harming pesticides should be banned following EFSA reports

December 2016

Brussels, 6 December 2016 – The findings of new reports from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and a recent decision by the European Commission should result in a ban…

EU report shows it’s time to rethink trade deals that drive industrial farming

November 2016

Brussels, 15 November 2016 – The EU should rethink international trade deals that drive industrial farming, said Greenpeace, following an EU report on the negative impacts of several trade agreements…

Greenpeace comment on the European Parliament vote on the authorisation of three GM maize varieties

October 2016

Brussels – Commenting on the vote cast by the European Parliament today about the Commission’s proposal to authorise three GM maize varieties for cultivation in Europe, Greenpeace EU food policy…

209 pesticides used in the EU could endanger humans or environment

July 2016

27 July 2016 – Greenpeace Germany today published an updated version of The EU Pesticide Blacklist [1]. This catalogue, developed by an independent expert, classifies all pesticides authorised in the…

Commission seeks glyphosate approval by another name

June 2016

Brussels – The European Commission is seeking political backing to allow unrestricted use of controversial weedkiller glyphosate by labelling the decision as temporary, warned Greenpeace. The Commission has scheduled a…