Land It is vital Europe takes urgent action to measure and reduce its use of the world’s limited land

2 July 2014

A raft of measures which aims to make Europe use resources more wisely was announced in Brussels today. The proposals are insufficient, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, given the scale of Europe's resource wastage and its impacts on the rest of the world.

28 May 2014

Land the size of Poland and Sweden combined will be needed to produce crops and wood for Europe's bioenergy needs by 2030, new research released today reveals. 

Europe's land footprint is one of the largest in the world because it imports massive amounts of food and other goods from the rest of the world every year. These goods, such as meat, dairy and forestry products, require large areas of land.

 

Europe's high levels of land consumption drive land-grabs, push up food prices and exacerbate social inequalities, with devastating social and environmental impacts. Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for the reduction of Europe's land footprint.

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