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GM crops the socio-economic impacts of genetically modified crops PDF Print E-mail

When assessing GM crops for marketing or cultivation in the European Union, socioeconomic issues are overlooked. This briefing assesses the impacts on rural communities, the environment and the economic burden upon the conventional and organic food sectors. It considers much broader issues than those dealt with by the European Commission in its upcoming report on socio-economic implications of GMO cultivation.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:21
Driving to destruction: the impacts of Europe’s biofuel plans on carbon emissions and land PDF Print E-mail

A new study analyses the likely impacts on land use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of biofuel use by 2020, as projected in recently published National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) in 23 EU member states .  The analysis includes evidence on size and impacts of ‘indirect land use change’ (ILUC) resulting from biofuel use.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:22
Sójový olej a nepriame zmeny využívania krajiny PDF Print E-mail

Ciele Európskej únie (EÚ) v oblasti biopalív vedú k rýchlemu nárastu dopytu po plodinách ako sú cukrová trstina, palma olejná a sója, čo vyvíja veľký tlak na získavanie väčšieho množstva poľnohospodárskej pôdy. Tam, kde takéto rozširovanie prebieha na úkor lesov, rašelinísk a iných na uhlík bohatých ekosystémov, dochádza k významnému nárastu emisií skleníkových plynov z pôdy a odstránenej vegetácie. Takáto expanzia na úkor prírodných ekosystémov je často nepriama, t. j. plodiny určené na výrobu biopalív sa nevysádzajú na lesných pôdach, ale namiesto toho nahrádzajú iné plodiny alebo sa vysádzajú na pastvinách, ktoré sa následne presúvajú do lesov. Tento problém je zložité riešiť aj prostredníctvom schém trvalo udržateľnej certifikácie, ktoré sú v zmysle svojej definície určené pre farmy.

Vedecký výskum v súčasnosti dokazuje, že emisie z nepriamych zmien využívania krajiny majú potenciál anulovať akékoľvek úspory emisií skleníkových plynov, ktoré by mohli vzniknúť používaním biopalív. V skutočnosti by konečným výsledkom cieľov v oblasti biopalív mohol byť celkový nárast emisií.

Tento dokument  sa zameriava na to, ako dopyt po sójovom oleji vplýva na dopyt po palmovom oleji, čím  prispieva k nepriamym zmenám využívania krajiny.


Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 13:21
“Sustainable” palm oil driving deforestation PDF Print E-mail

European Union (EU) biofuel targets are leading to a rapid increase in demand for feedstock crops such as sugar cane, oil palm and rape seed. This creates severe pressure for more agricultural land. Where this expansion occurs at the expense of forests, peat land and other carbon rich habitats, it results in substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions from the soil and the removed vegetation. This expansion at the expense of natural habitats is often indirect, ie. biofuel crops are not planted on forestland, but instead displace other crops or pasture land which move to the forest. This makes it impossible to address this issue through sustainability certification schemes that by definition work at a farm-scale level.

Scientific research has now shown that emissions from indirect land use change (ILUC) have the potential to negate any greenhouse gas emission savings which might be generated from biofuel use. In fact the net-effect of biofuel targets could be an overall increase in emissions.

This briefing looks at how demand for “sustainable” palm oil is contributing to ILUC. This is illustrated using the example of Malaysian palm oil company Sime Darby which is deforesting new land partially in order to meet increase in demand for certified palm oil for biofuel.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:20
Genetically modified soybean as a responsible product - for whom? PDF Print E-mail

In a few days the decision will be made about the criteria for socially and environmentally responsible soy production. It will be negotiated in the organization RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) that is a platform of several representatives of NGOs, producers and sellers of soy.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:23
Killing Fields: the battle to feed factory farms PDF Print E-mail
A hidden chain of destruction stretches from the factory farms in Europe to the forests of South America – where huge soy plantations, grown to feed chickens, cows and pigs in Europe, are wiping out wildlife and making climate change worse.



New documentary film.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:25
“Days of Organic Agriculture 2009” in Zvolen PDF Print E-mail

During the “Days of Organic Agriculture” CEPTA organized a series of activities focused on several topic areas such as: organic products, local production and consumption systems, biofuels or pesticides in food. Workshop, discussion and lectures were organized, grouped in the campaign "Healthy and responsible food".

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:26
Soy in the wider context – or what you do not learn when buying meat and eggs in a shop PDF Print E-mail

What is the connection of soy and animal products that we consume daily? Meat has become our everyday food. Do we know other information about the products except the price and name? What do we know about quality, recommended daily intake rates or conventional production of pork, beef or poultry?

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:27
Germany became the next country which banned cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 PDF Print E-mail

Germany became the next country which banned cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810


Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:27
New report reveals true cost of biofuels in Latin America PDF Print E-mail

The rapid development of biofuels in Latin America supports big business profits, but it does not bring benefits to local people - says a new report released on 10th September by Friends of the Earth.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:29
Initiative of CEPTA in setting binding targets for biofuel production in the EU PDF Print E-mail
27. june 2008, Zvolen

CEPTA is against the adoption of binding quantitative target for biofuel production in the EU. Biofuels have a role in local / regional development towards self-sufficiency of regions, but not to the extent that is currently proposed by the EU. Negative impacts of biofuels production on quality of water, soil and human health through the residues of pesticides, growth regulators and fertilizers needed for their intensive production, as well as the change of agricultural production to the production for  "feeding cars", do not balance with minimal and uncertain potential reduction of greenhouse gases.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2011 10:31

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