Commenting on the announcement today by the European Commission to provisionally approve the acquisition by German chemical company BASF of parts of Bayer's Crop Science business, clearing the way for the Bayer-Monsanto merger, Adrian Bebb, Senior Food Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said:
EU governments today passed a total ban on bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops.
Commenting on the vote, Sandra Bell, bee campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said:
"This comprehensive neonicotinoid ban, covering all outdoor crops, is a tremendous victory for our bees and the wider environment.
Tomorrow, April 27, German Chancellor Merkel will visit Trump to discuss trade policies and next steps to avoid an escalating trade war with the US.
US President Trump has given the EU a one-month exemption from new measures to increase import tariffs on steel and aluminium entering the US market- until May 1st. The EU wants this exemption to be permanent and is already discussing a mini deal with the US.
A year after an EU Commission ‘Action Plan’ stated EU governments should better implement nature protection rules, a new report assessing 18 EU countries shows that all 18 are dragging their feet and failing to protect Europe’s most precious natural areas.
Technology now available makes a 100% renewable energy system viable, according to an ‘Energy Atlas’ published by Friends of the Earth Europe, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF), and the Green European Foundation.
An official cost-benefit study of the proposed ‘MidCat’ gas pipeline connecting France and Spain, prepared for the European Commission, has poured scorn on the controversial fossil fuel project.
This episode is about Brexit – the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.
We explore what the decision means for the environment, and for our network, with interviews with representatives of Friends of the Earth member groups in different constituent parts of the UK.
Today, the European Commission published a proposal for a directive on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain.
Friends of the Earth Europe, Oxfam, Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) and the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) welcome the new directive and call on the European Parliament and member states to strengthen the Commission’s proposal.
Za Zemiata / Friends of the Earth Bulgaria activists dressed in plastic bag costumes greeted Europe’s environment ministers yesterday in Sofia, demanding a ‘retirement plan’ for plastic bags – as politicians gathered for an Environmental Council meeting.
A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe's growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fueling it, according to new research.