plant-based


NGOs call on the Commission and Council to reject restrictions on the labelling of plant-based products

On 22 February 2021, 21 NGOs including SAFE called on the European Commission and the Council of the European Union to reject the 171th and 72th Amendment of the European Parliament in the CMO trilogues. Amendment 171 would introduce unnecessary restrictions on the labelling of plant-based dairy products. Amendment 72 would introduce legal uncertainty that […]


UK health professions call for climate tax on food with high environmental impacts

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC) has recently published a report calling the government to impose a food carbon tax on all food producers by 2025 if they do not take voluntary actions to reduce climate impacts. Food production emits a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas and studies have shown that red meat and […]


European Parliament rejects ban on ‘veggie burgers’

On Friday 23 October, the European Parliament plenary session rejected AM165 to the Agricultural products’ list within the Common Market Organisation file of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Such an amendment would have prohibited plant-based food products from using meat-derived names (such as ‘veggie burger’, ‘vegan sausage’). The Parliament however supported such a ban for […]


Joint Letter to Agri Commissioner calling for legumes and high-protein crops promotion in EU policies

SAFE and 6 other organisations (Euronatur Foundation, the European Alliance for Plant-based Foods, The Vegan Society, the Good Food Institute, Compassion in World Farming, HealthCare Without Harm) sent a letter to EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski on Tuesday 29 September. The letter calls for a better alignment between the Common Agricultural Policy and the EU’s […]


MEPs urged to repel CAP amendments on denominations of plant-based products

On 28 August 2020, SAFE and 34 other organizations urged Members of the European Parliament in a letter to oppose several amendments forcing the use of terms such as “steak”, “sausage”, “escalope”, “burger” or “hamburger” exclusively for products of animal origin. The adoption of such amendments would mean that it is not possible to use […]


NGOs address the proposal to ban the use of terms such as ‘veggie burger’ in the EU

In an apparent attempt to undermine the growing success of plant-based alternatives to animal products, an amendment was adopted by the Committee on Agriculture (AGRI) of the 8th Legislature on 1st April 2019 within the proposal for a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Regulation establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (2018/0218 COD). […]