food

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.

European banks fuel hunger

Woman and child with a sign saying No land, No food

Photo: Friends of the Earth International

European banks, pension funds and insurance companies are increasing global hunger and poverty. They are speculating on food prices and financing land grabs in poorer countries, according to a new report by Friends of the Earth Europe.

The report analyses the activities of 29 European banks, pension funds and insurance companies. These include:

The Lake Victoria land-grab

Man standing on felled trees

A man stands on the land taken from him to make way for a palm oil plantation. Kalangala, Uganda. Photo: Jason Taylor

The Ugandan government is promoting large-scale agrofuels plantations as a solution to the climate crisis at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Yet millions of people are already facing the impacts of land grabs and evictions caused by agrofuels.

Stop Del Monte GM pineapple

Pineapples

Photo: samurai/FreeDigitalPhotos

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:

Reduce your ecological footprint

Green footprint

Ecological footprints are a way of working out how much of an impact on the environment we make. How people live their lives affects the amount of resources they use and the levels of pollution that create.

Here are some things you can do to reduce your footprint:

700 people enjoy free curry in Feed cardiff event

Locals enjoy a free curry at Feed Cardiff

Local people enjoy a free curry at the Feed Cardiff event. Photo by Phil Martin

Show your opposition to GM crops in Europe

Evil corn on the cob with a "Stop the Crop" logo

In March the European Commission gave the go ahead to the first genetically modified crop to be grown in Europe since 1998. This decision has been condemned by Friends of the Earth Europe.

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