Press release
Davos: World must act on UN land crisis report

Commenting on the UN report on global land use launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos [Friday 24 January 2014], which highlights the risks to people and the environment caused by rising competition for land, Friends of the Earth’s Senior Resource Use Campaigner Michael Warhurst said:
 
“This report makes clear that business as usual is not an option – rising populations and demand for land to grow food and biofuels is pushing up prices and destroying wildlife.
 
“It’s clear that developed nations are taking more than our fair share of the world’s available land. To cut Europe’s land use by a third, as the report says is necessary, we need to reduce our consumption of meat and dairy products and not use more land for biofuels or biomass.
 
“Eating less and better meat will help people stay healthier and save money, as well as cutting our land footprint.”
 
ENDS
 
Notes to editors:

1. The report by the United Nations International Resource Panel: Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply, embargoed until 6.30am Friday 24 January 2014, downloadable here.
 
2. Key findings:
• Europe is consuming more than its fair share of land, at the expense of other world regions, and needs to reduce its consumption of cropland by around a third.
• Competition for land is likely to increase further in the future, leading to more deforestation and habitat loss and intensifying negative environmental and social impacts.
 
3. The Meat Atlas report, published in January 2014 by Friends of the Earth Europe and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, looks at how meat is produced around the world and its effect on people, health and the environment. It aims to catalyse the debate over the need for better, safer and more sustainable food and farming and advocates clear individual and political solutions. 
 
4. The UN findings echo research by Friends of the Earth Europe on Europe’s global land footprint
 

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