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

12 February 2014

Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil trader, recently bowed to civil society pressure and committed to cut out deforestation, peat land destruction and the exploitation of human rights from its supply chain. This comes after years of land-grabbing, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, fuelling conflicts, the destruction of endangered habitats, and human rights abuses.

24 January 2014

A report published today by the United Nations International Resource Panel highlights how global land consumption is unsustainable in a world of finite resources. [1] The findings echo research by Friends of the Earth Europe on Europe's global land footprint. [2]

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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