Land, Food & Water
Humanity is in danger of exhausting key natural resources that we think of as renewable – chief among them our food and fresh water.
This is why Friends of the Earth is working to change the way we produce and consume our food and fresh water. An important part of this is what we do with land.
The Food, Land & Water team's work falls into two areas:
1. Production: A new vision for farming
Did you know agriculture:
- Uses 70% of fresh water used by humans
- Uses 38% of the planet’s land
- Is responsible for 14-24% of global greenhouse gas emissions
We’re campaigning for better ways of farming and improvements in the way food gets to market. This includes sustainable farming that doesn't exhaust the land, and cutting down on waste.
2. Consumption: How we use land, water and other renewable resources
We’re campaigning to prevent over-consumption of natural resources and for a world where everyone has enough to eat. We do this through working on:
i) What to eat
Changing diets is not only good for the environment, but good for your health too.
ii) Land grabs
Companies, states and corporate investors are taking away land from local people, mainly in developing countries. This is known as land grabbing. We’re raising awareness of the issue – and campaigning against land grabs and their financing.
Did you know?
Some of our pension companies and high street banks could be financing land grabbing in Africa?
iii) Saving water
There is only a tiny proportion of the Earth’s water available as fresh water. Yet we’re taking it for granted by using too much and polluting it.
Friends of the Earth is campaigning to make sure we use water properly. This includes measuring how much is used and showing how water is key to producing so much of our everyday stuff.
Biofuels are crops grown for energy. We’re showing how increasing demand for biofuels is threatening forests, pushing up food prices and can contribute to climate change.
Did you know?
There is a secret EU-US trade deal being negotiated right now. It could have the power to lower our environmental, health and labour standards, and give companies the ability to sue governments to protect their profits.