Food and farming

Cutting pesticides - is technology the answer?

Sandra Bell, Nature campaigner15 Nov 2019

In the first of a series of blogs on innovative farming I ask whether robots could be the solution to cutting our reliance on chemicals.

The Bee Cause: Are Britain’s bees and pollinators back from the brink?

Paul de Zylva, Nature campaigner04 Nov 2019

Paul de Zylva looks back at the Bee Cause campaign and assesses whether Welsh and English action plans to halt the decline of bees are working. 

Government has key role in shifting us to green lifestyles

Clare Oxborrow29 Oct 2019

What we eat, how we travel and how we heat our homes has a huge climate impact. But what should the government be doing to help us live greener lives?

Driving pesticide reduction – why the government must set ambitious targets

Sandra Bell28 Aug 2019

Will the UK government step up action on pesticides reduction in response to the current ecological crisis?

There’s something wrong in the countryside: rising pesticide use in the UK

05 Jun 2019

A close look at pesticide use reveals we’re treating crops more frequently and with a greater variety of chemicals than ever before – it’s time to reverse this trend and put the UK onto a trajectory of pesticide reduction.

Faster, deeper, and fairer carbon pollution cuts needed

03 Jun 2019

Faster, deeper and fairer carbon pollution cuts than those recommended by the Committee on Climate Change are possible and necessary.

Ever decreasing circle: 3 major warnings of nature’s catastrophic decline.

Paul de Zylva24 May 2019

“The essential, interconnected web of life on Earth is getting smaller and increasingly frayed.”

Agriculture Bill – why support Amendment NC11 on pesticides reduction?

21 May 2019

We are asking MPs to join the existing cross-party support for amendment NC11 in the Agriculture Bill, which will put pesticide use in farming on the right path for everyone.

Insectageddon-what's happening to bees and other insects?

Paul de Zylva30 Apr 2019

If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.

Why supporting nature friendly farming is essential to productivity

Sandra Bell16 Apr 2019

Global insect decline is a wake-up call. Intensive farming is destroying the very species that underpin food production - including pollination, natural pest control and soil health.

Australian meat industry seeks to water down UK food standards post Brexit

Alasdair Cameron25 Mar 2019

Burnt goat heads and growth hormones may soon be arriving on our tables, thanks to lobbying by the Australian meat industry.

Making the polluter pay for the transition to net zero

24 Mar 2019

Should the fossil fuel industry fund the transition to zero carbon? In the UK they cause around £44 billion worth of damage each year.

Planet-friendly diets: Time to embrace the nanny state?

Clare Oxborrow12 Mar 2019

Why the government should encourage people to eat low-meat, planet-friendly diets if it is serious about cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Feeding the world: our position

21 Feb 2018

There's enough food in the world for everyone – but to stop people going hungry we need changes in politics, farming and lifestyles: Friends of the Earth's position.

Sustainable eating: our position

24 Nov 2017

For our own health and the sake of the environment we need to reduce our intake of meat, dairy and junk food: Friends of the Earth's position.