Eating Better supports call for end to EU meat promotion money
Eating Better is one of 12 organisations that has signed a letter to European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, questioning his recent commitment to funding meat promotion. Last month we reported Hogan’s announcement of €15 million to fund meat consumption flew in the face of EU ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement to keep temperature rise to 1.50C – an impossible task without dietary shifts.
The letter has been signed by Slow Food, Compassion in World Farming, Eating Better, Eurogroup for Animals, European Environmental Bureau, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Fern, Friends of the Earth Europe, Friends of the Earth (England, Wales Northern Ireland), Greenpeace European Unit, Humane Society International/Europe, and Safe Food Advocacy Europe (SAFE). The coalition hopes that the European Agriculture Commissioner will take this critique into consideration and reevaluate his future plan.
The signatories urge the Commission to refrain form using public money to support meat consumption and call for a fundamental reorientation of the sector towards smaller volumes, higher quality, respect for animal welfare, higher environmental sustainability, lower emissions and a reconnection between the livestock and arable sectors.