For a healthy environment

We are all concerned about the air we breathe, the water we use and the food we eat. Pollution from industry, traffic and the risks of industrial food production creates costs, which we as citizens have to bear. We pay for them not only in the form of social payments, but sometimes also with our health.

The Greens/EFA fight to preserve nature, protect biodiversity and  promote animal welfare. For example, our policies on the reform of European Fisheries Policy and of the Common Agricultural Policy were shaped by our aim to achieve sustainable food production and to reconnect consumers with farmers and fishermen. Everybody should have the opportunity to choose healthy food. We consistently struggle for consumer rights and transparency in the food supply chain.

And we invite all those who produce and consume food to join us in pushing for a GMO-free Europe.

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Fisheries partnership agreement with the Republic of Guinea

Since most European fish stocks have been over-exploited or are severely depleted, European fishers also fish outside the...


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Environmental impact assessment (EIA)

The EU legislation establishing common minimum requirements on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private...



Fair revenues for farmers: A better functioning food supply chain in Europe

Food production in the EU is dominated by agro-industrial multinationals, supermarket chains and wholesalers.



@Mateusz Opasiński

Prohibition of the cultivation of GMOs by Member States

Since the EU is one of the world's biggest growers of agricultural crops, agro-industrial producers try to gain access to...



Food information to consumers

Food labelling helps people to make informed decisions about the food they buy and consume.

For example, when buying...


@Mark Winterbourne

Honeybee health and beekeeping

Bees and other pollinators play an important role in the production of our food. Without bees, pollination would be very...


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Combating illegal fishing at the global level - the role of the EU

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing accounts for at least 15% of all catches globally.

This makes it one of...


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Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

Every year more than nine million tons of electronic equipment are sold in the EU. With strong market growth and innovation...


@Stefan Kühn

Contractual relations in the milk and milk products sector

Between 2007 and 2009, after rising briefly the milk price collapsed as a result of structural overproduction.




Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals

Animal welfare matters to many European citizens, as was obvious from the resounding response to the 8hours campaign...


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Removal of fins of sharks on board vessels

The practice known as 'shark finning', whereby sharks' fins are cut off on board fishing vessels and their bodies are then...


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The Common Fisheries Policy

Around three-quarters of all European fish stocks are overexploited. This overfishing threatens to decimate stocks to the...