Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Sustainable food production

It is important that we re-evaluate Europe’s food system to ensure that it provides nutritious and healthy food, uses less water and land, protects our ecosystem, and protects the welfare of animals.

The way our food production currently works is neither resource-efficient nor environmentally sustainable. One example for this is the substantial amounts of cereals used as animal feeds. Studies show that for every 100 calories that are fed to animals in the form of human-edible crops, we receive on average just 17-30 calories in the form of meat and milk. A 2013 paper shows that the inefficiency can be even greater.  It reports that for every 100 calories of grain that we feed to animals, we get only about 12 new calories of chicken, 10 of pork, or 3 of beef.  A FAO report points out that the feeding of cereals to livestock could threaten food security by reducing the grain available for human consumption.

Activities:

- Asked a Parliamentary Question to put pressure on the European Commission to keep its promise to launch of sustainable food communication.

- Wrote a letter to the European Commission and called for a more resource-efficient and sustainable food production.

 

Campaigning to protect migratory birds in Montenegro - Ulcinj Salina

Campaign against hunting of protected birds in Malta

Fighting against the illegal wildlife trade

Improving the protection of puppies and other pet animals

Export of live animals to non-EU countries

Ban on animal testing for cosmetics

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