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The CAP, soy, and deforestation. Reform Proposals. New report. Fern & FiBL.
Wed 3 May 2017, 12:30 – 14:30 CEST
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EU consumption of animals and animal products is putting a heavy strain on the world’s forests. Many people have heard about Brazilian forests being torn down for giant cattle ranches, but less are aware that animals raised in the EU are heavily reliant on feeds such as soya-beans, 97 per cent of which comes from outside the EU. Major producers such as Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay are farming soya at the expense of forests and people.
Fern and the Organic Farming Research Institute (FiBL) are releasing a new report, which shows how EU agriculture is driving tropical deforestation and how EU decision makers can reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to turn this trend around. To celebrate the launch we will be hosting a lively debate with researchers and farmers discussing how CAP reform can ensure EU sustainable consumption and production patterns for feed and food.
The Common Agricultural Policy, soy and deforestation. Proposals for Reform.
Launch of a new report by Fern, authored by FiBL.
3 May, 12:30 – 14:30
European Parliament, Room PHS 1C47
MEP, Maria Noichl, S&D
MEP, Sirpa Pietikäinen, EPP
Welcoming remarks: Co-hosts and Nicole Polsterer, Campaigner, Fern
Facilitator: Monika Hoegen
1. Dr. Adrian Mueller, FiBL, Research Institute for Organic Agriculture, Switzerland
Adrian is a senior researcher at FiBL and works on questions of climate change and agriculture, modelling of global land use and global food systems and productivity of agricultural production systems. He is also a scientific collaborator at the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED) at the ETH Zurich.
2. Paulo Barreto, MSc, the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon), Brazil
Paulo is a senior researcher and expert on the causes of deforestation, public policies and market initiatives as well as land use in the Brazilian Amazon. Since 1991 Paulo has published over 100 scientific papers, books and reports about forestry, cattle ranching, environmental law and policy and drivers of deforestation.
3. Dipl.-Ing. Olga Voglauer, Bio-hof Kumer, Austria
Olga runs a milk farm, practising low input and ecological farming. She specializes in direct marketing of her farm products. Her work has been shown in the Belgian documentary ‘Les Liberterres’. Olga's motto is ‘Enough can never be insufficient’.
Concluding Remarks: MEP, Maria Noichl, S&D
A light lunch will be served at 12:30.
The debate will start at 12:45.
Translation will be provided from German into English and English into German.