EU leaders should be telling us to eat less meat, say campaigners

A green coalition demands a review of health and environmental impacts of intensive animal farming ahead of budget talks next month

A green coalition is calling on the EU to look at moving away from meat and dairy to more plant-based diets.
 A green coalition is calling on the EU to look at moving away from meat and dairy to more plant-based diets. 
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The EU is facing calls to overhaul its industrial farming sector by promoting more plant-based diets in the next common agricultural policy (CAP), as budget negotiations approach a crunch point.

Policy moves could face strong opposition from top officials who reportedly see “no evidence whatsoever” of large-scale linkages between livestock farming and greenhouse gas emissions.

But a coalition of 20 green groups has written to EU leaders demanding a policy review of health and environmental impacts from intensive animal farming, ahead of the EU’s proposal for the next seven years of CAP funding on 29 May.

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