South America is paying the price for Europe's hungry factory farms – with vast monocultures of pesticide-soaked, GM soy where forests used to be. But a new EU proposal aims to boost the amount of soy grown in Europe to ease the pressure on countries in the Global South. At the same time, it must be careful to avoid repeating the problem in Europe, argues Stanka Becheva.
Reacting to the official notification by Bayer to the European Commission of their planned acquisition of Monsanto, Adrian Bebb, food and farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe said:
"This merger would be a marriage made in hell. Bayer and Monsanto already wield enormous power over our food and farming system, and their joining forces would be bad news for citizens, farmers and the environment.
More than 250 non-government organisations from across Europe have today released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe.
Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women's rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.
This Saturday, activists around the world will unite, and march against Monsanto. Opposition has been mounting to the Bayer-Monsanto mega-merger, Friends of the Earth Europe even staged a 'marriage made in hell' outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.
With agribusiness mega-mergers like Bayer-Monsanto in the pipeline, the industrial model of farming that we campaign against is more visible and dangerous than ever before. But what should take its place?
At the end of last year, hundreds of small farmers, farmworkers, fisherpeople, pastoralists, and people from all walks of life working to create genuinely sustainable local food systems gathered in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, for the second Nyéléni Europe Forum for food sovereignty.
The second mega-merger in two weeks of giant agriculture corporations has been given the green light today, sparking warnings about the future of food and farming.
Friends of the Earth Europe staged a 'marriage made in hell' outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels today to symbolise the threat to food and farming posed by the planned merger of the agriculture and chemical companies Bayer and Monsanto.
More than 200 organisations have today raised their objections to the planned mergers of six giant agriculture corporations.
Friends of the Earth Europe has today sharply criticised the decision by European regulators to approve the merger of Dow Chemicals and DuPont. The approval paves the way for the creation of the world's biggest agri-chemical and seed company.
Last Saturday, 130 tractors led 18,000 people demanding an urgent shift away from destructive industrial agriculture across the streets of Berlin.
The colourful march was led under the banner of "agribusiness, hands off our food!" and was part of the annual "Wir haben es satt" (we've had enough) demonstration. With the world's largest agribusiness giants planning to merge the corporate threat to our food system has never been greater.