The planned Mercosur free trade agreement between the EU, Brazil and Argentinia would open the door for cheap hormone beef and would force many farmers in the EU to give up. Deforestation would increase. If the deforestation of the Amazon transgresses 40% the Amazon will die off and turn into a dry steppe according to a scientific article published in Science Advances. About half of the precipitation in the Amazon comes from the evaporation of the Amazon rainforest itself.
A merger between Bayer and Monsanto would give the resulting company unprecedented control over our food supply. It would obtain a near monopoly on the broccoli, carrot and onion seed markets and would be the largest cotton seed producer. The merger not only threatens to significantly reduce farmer choice and quality of seeds and increase their prices but as manufacturer and seller of herbicides as well as the world’s largest owner of the intellectual property and patents for genetically engineered herbicide-tolerant seed traits it will further propagate an unsustainable farming model dousing our food in toxic chemicals like Glyphosphat without any choice left to farmers and consumers.
If you have seen Werner Boote`s new environmental film 'The Green Lie' you will ask yourself what consumer logos you can still trust in. Greenpeace has published a consumer guide to answer exactly this question. Unfortunately we have not found an English tranlation for it. However you may still see which consumer logos are good by the green or even better by the black color. Logos annotated with a red circle are not trustworthy at all.
Members of the European Parliament have voted for an end of palm oil in agrofuels which is known to cause destruction of rainforests. The European Council of Ministers has not brought itself to do sth. about it before but conversly wanted to increase the quota of agrofuels in diesel oil. This is a first and important step. However it does not mean an end of using food crops for gasoline. Malaysia threatens to protest and sue the EU at the WTO because of this. Greenhouse gas emissions for palm oil are three times higher than for fossile fuels.
Austrian finance minister Hartwig Löger wants to cut the minimum collateral while he takes stand against multinational corporations having to pay their fair share of taxes. A stringent requirement for more tax justice would be a law that multinational corporations need to disclose how much revenue they earn in which country and how much tax they pay. This requires an exchange of information between revenue/tax authorities.