Food

Our food causes climate change

Cheese burger

Food is the biggest single cause of climate change.

Meat production creates more emissions than all the cars, planes, trains, and ships in the world put together.

To fix this we need to change what we eat.

Sign up for Meat Free May

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We’re creatures of habit. This is why we tend to eat the same meals, week after week.

If you are a meat eater, try changing your menu during May. Join thousands of other people who don't eat meat and fish. Instead discover some mouth-watering meals made with vegetables.

Meat Free meals are tasty and easy to prepare. Eating less meat is good for your health and for the environment.

Traces of weedkiller found in humans

Vegetables

Tests conducted by Medical Laboratory Bremen for Friends of the Earth found that people in 18 countries across Europe had traces of the weed killer glyphosate in their urine.

The findings raise concerns about increasing levels of exposure to weed killers. Farmers are likely to use more glyphosate if the EU relaxes controls on growing genetically modified (GM) crops.

Organic and Local food

Riverside market and the River Taff

Riverside Community Market, Cardiff. Photo: Lindsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

The way we produce and transport our food has a huge impact on our towns and our planet. Our desire to have huge quantities of cheap food including asparagus and tomatoes out of season means that:

GM giant BASF leaves Europe

Plant growing in a test tube

BASF, the German chemical giant, has announced is to end its genetically modified (GM) plant development in Europe and move it to the US, where political and consumer resistance to GM crops isn't so strong.

BASF fought for 13 years before the European Union approved them cultivating their Amflora potato, in 2010. However, German test sites had to be put under constant guard and activists still succeeded in destroying potato fields.

Stop Del Monte GM pineapple

Pineapples

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The Costa Rican Coordination Network on Biodiversity calling for European consumers to take action after the Costa Rican Government granted LM Veintiuno permission to expand the area cultivated with a genetically modified (GM) pineapple called “Piña Rose”.

Tell Euro MPs to put their best hoof forward

Black and white cow 

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Thousands across Europe have joined us in calling for planet-friendly farming in Europe's farm policy reform. Because of this MEPs have accepted the need to:

The People’s Supermarket

The People's Supermarket

Detective Pig exposes soy greenwash

Detective Pig on a farm with bag of soy and barrels of toxic chemicals

Detective Pig investigates soy production in South America and finds out the truth behind a new label for 'responsible' soy. These 'responsible' producers cut down the rainforest to grow soy beans using GM seeds, and toxic herbicides. They are then shipped to Europe to be fed to animals in factory farms.

The deadly impacts of soya production

Silvino Talavera

Intensive livestock production in the UK and Europe relies on the import of large quantities of high protein animal feed. This feed is mostly made from soya, which is now being grown on a massive scale in South America. This expansion of soya production results in rainforest destruction in Brazil and and many communities losing their land.

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