This briefing by the Global Forest Coalition looks at subsidies and supports for the livestock sector and how they harm forests and other biodiverse ecosystems. In particular, the briefing assesses the impacts of the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement, which is currently being negotiated.
The briefing concludes that agricultural policy should prioritise biodiversity, animal welfare and peasant farmer rights, encourage a rapid reduction in meat and dairy consumption, and favour small-scale, localised food production.
Read more here and download the full report, “Incentivising deforestation for livestock products: How support for the livestock sector in the EU and Mercosur countries is subsidising forest destruction”, here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource resource Introduction: what are the concerns with meat and dairy, and who are the major stakeholders in the debate?