US-style factory farms are moving in to the EU, forcing quality down to push profits up. Fueled by industrial soya imports, most of it genetically modified, factory farms drive smaller operations with decent animal welfare out of business.
Rather than support the kind of local, sustainable food people want, policies foster practices that hide the truth about factory farms. For example, labeling rules mean meat can be labeled as a “product of” a country even if it is really meat from somewhere else merely packaged in that country. Food & Water Europe think this should change so consumers can see where their meat comes from and support farmers who maintain high standards.
Recent outbreaks of E coli in Germany and antibiotic resistant MRSA in cattle in the UK have killed several people. We waste precious time looking for the source of outbreaks like these there because our food system is now so complex. Consumers are put at risk by the way we produce, package, ship, sell, buy and store our food, and the way supermarkets and processors treat our farmers, which is why we’ve written to the UK Government asking them to give a new Ombudsman strong powers to redress the balance.
Food & Water Europe has been working since early 2010 to make sure plans for the EU’s biggest mega dairy would not go forward. On February 16, 2011, after much public pressure, the plans were finally withdrawn.
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