Publications

50 NGOs call on EU Commission to stop funding meat and dairy ads

September 2021

Fifty NGOs wrote to the European Commission to take into account the adverse effects of the current levels ofmeat and dairy production and consumption on the climate, biodiversity, and public…

Is your money used for meat advertising?

June 2021

The meat and dairy industries in Europe have a problem. More and more people are cutting back on their steaks, their minced meat and their chicken wings – or cutting…

EU governments overlook root causes of pandemic and climate crisis

May 2021

Plans discussed at an EU summit in Brussels to tackle the pandemic will again ignore the role of climate change and habitat destruction in the emergence and spread of viral…

Enjoy! It’s feeding the climate crisis

May 2021

In April, we published a report showing the millions of euro of public money the EU pays to promote the consumption of meat and dairy products – a third of…

One third of EU’s farming ad budget promoted meat and dairy

April 2021

The European Commission spent 32% of its €776.7 million five-year farm product promotion budget on advertising campaigns for meat and dairy, according to new research by Greenpeace.

Report: EU spent €252 million advertising meat and dairy

April 2021

Europeans consume around twice as much meat as the global average, and about three times as much dairy. To protect public health and nature, and to tackle the climate emergency,…

Last chance to deliver green EU farm policy

March 2021

The deal that is struck on the EU's farm policy will have huge implications for small farmers, public health, nature and the climate. We wrote to the European Commission, the…

The EU must not rely on certification schemes to protect nature

March 2021

We wrote to European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius asking them to introduce a strong EU law to keep products linked to destruction of forests…

Certification schemes let forest destruction into EU market

March 2021

Brussels – Products linked to forest and ecosystem destruction, land disputes and human rights abuses continue to access the EU market labelled as ‘sustainable’ by many certifications schemes, according to…

Revealed: meat sold in Europe driving destruction of Brazil’s Pantanal region

March 2021

Brussels – European retailers are selling beef and leather linked to the record destruction of one of the world’s largest wetlands, in Brazil’s Pantanal region, a new investigation has revealed.…

Commission cancer plan must scrap EU meat ads

February 2021

Brussels – The European Commission plans to cease funding for promotional campaigns for red meat and processed meat due to links to cancer, according to the Commission’s cancer strategy published…

EU Parliament backs ban on dairy-like names for vegan products

October 2020

The European Parliament has voted to accept proposals to ban the use of words like ‘yoghurt substitute’ or ‘imitation cheese’ for alternative products that contain no dairy.

EU Parliament backs strong law to protect forests

October 2020

The European Parliament has voted to call for a strong law which would go a long way towards ending the EU’s complicity in deforestation, ecosystem…

Majority of European crops feeding animals and cars, not people

October 2020

Brussels, 16 October 2020 – The vast majority of European crop production is used to feed animals and create biofuels, rather than feeding people, new analysis has found. At the…

False sense of security

October 2020

The global Covid-19 crisis has given us the opportunity to rethink how and where we produce what we consume.

Patchy at best: EU unveils coronavirus recovery plan – Greenpeace

May 2020

The European Commission’s €1.85 trillion recovery plan is contradictory at best and damaging at worst, said Greenpeace.

Three tests for Europe’s Covid recovery plans

May 2020

As the European Commission and many European governments decide on recovery plans worth trillions of euro, Greenpeace warned that ‘green growth’ - as touted by Commission President Ursula von der…

EU Commission says meat harms climate and nature, but does nothing

May 2020

Last-minute U-turn on meat advertising reveals internal fights

President von der Leyen: EU Farm to Fork plan must cut meat and dairy

May 2020

It is no exaggeration to say that intensive animal farming is the largest single problem with the global food system, and it would be extremely remiss to ignore this in…

Will the Commission get to the meat of the food and nature crisis?

May 2020

Reductions in meat and dairy will make or break European Commission’s ‘Farm to Fork’ and ‘Biodiversity 2030’ plans 

Letter to EU Commission: scrap the CAP

May 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold, it is increasingly clear that we are witnessing a crisis on top of other already existing crises, concerning human and planetary health, climate…

Scrap the CAP: a fresh start for Europe's food system

May 2020

We already knew the global food system was broken. Controlled by corporate powers, it drives destruction of natural ecosystems and contributes massively to climate breakdown.

The EU must scrap the CAP

May 2020

New farm subsidy system needed for post-Covid-19 Europe Brussels – The European Union must scrap its common agricultural policy (CAP) and start again to build a food and farming system…

Save small farmers and stop public money for factory farming to avoid pandemics

April 2020

The EU and European national governments must save small farmers but block any support for industrial animal farming in rescue packages or other public subsidies, to lower the risk

Ending wildlife trade -for health and planet

April 2020

Read the full letter to European Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius and Commissioner Phil Hogan here.

EU COVID-19 response must be caring, fair & green, not a blank cheque for polluters

March 2020

Brussels, 26 March 2020 – The European Union’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic must focus on saving lives and help make our societies fairer, greener and more resilient to future…

EU climate diet: 71% less meat by 2030

March 2020

Meat consumption in the European Union should drop by 71% by 2030, and by 81% by 2050, to tackle farming’s contribution to climate breakdown, according to new analysis by Greenpeace.

EU must stop importing food treated with banned pesticides

March 2020

A wide range of NGOs have written to the EU Commission to say that the EU needs to be consistent. If a pesticide isn’t allowed, it shouldn’t be exported, nor…

Food for a healthier life and planet

March 2020

Greenpeace priorities for the European Commission’s ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy

EU Farm to Fork plan must tackle meat and dairy

February 2020

Brussels – Greenpeace and 19 other NGOs wrote to European Commissioners Timmermans, Kyriakides, Wojciechowski and Sinkevičius, calling on them to stop ignoring meat and dairy in the European Commission’s upcoming…

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…

Time for the Commission to get serious about tackling deforestation

December 2019

Brussels, 16 December 2019 – Agriculture and forest ministers are expected to issue a strong call to the Commission today to “step up EU action” on deforestation and forest protection.…

European Green Deal misses the mark

December 2019

Brussels, 11 December 2019 – The European Commission officially presented its plan for a European Green Deal today. Greenpeace warned that although the volume of policies is impressive and 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…

EU report warns pursuit of ‘growth’ is incompatible with environmental protection

December 2019

Brussels, 4 December 2019 – The European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned in a new report that “Europe will not achieve its sustainability vision of ‘living well within the limits…

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…

European Parliament backs new protections for bees

October 2019

Brussels – The European Parliament has backed new protections for bees, thwarting a move by the EU Commission and national governments to maintain outdated guidelines for how to evaluate the dangers…

Timmermans grasps scale of radical climate action needed, stumbles on substance

October 2019

Brussels – Incoming EU commission vice-president Frans Timmermans’s vision of the radical economic and social changes needed to tackle the climate crisis is promising, but he stumbled on some key…

Protecting forests, natural ecosystems and human rights

October 2019

Read the full briefing here. If everybody in the world lived like the average EU resident, humanity would have consumed the equivalent of 2.8 planets by the end of 2019.…

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…

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…

EFSA must side with public, not commercial interests, says EU court

March 2019

In a landmark decision, the EU General Court ruled today that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was wrong to refuse access to toxicity studies related to glyphosate, a controversial…

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.