Food and farming

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.

Refashioning food systems with sustainable diets guidelines

Professor Tim Lang01 May 20171.21 MB PDF file

Food consumption impacts on environment, health, society and economy. We argue for a sustainable diets strategy.

No dominion over nature

05 Mar 2014730 kB PDF file

Why treating ecosystems like machines will lead to boom and bust in food supply.

Off the treadmill

30 Sep 1991External link

A book published by Friends of the Earth in 1991 about a way forward for farmers and the countryside.