Food, Agriculture and Biodiversity
Friends of the Earth Malta campaigns for Food Security in Malta – the right for people to have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food. One way of achieving this is to protect and regulate domestic agricultural production and trade, pushing for more equitable rights for fisheries-based communities, and educating the public about the origin of their food.
As a Mediterranean country with a passion for food, Maltese consumers have a right to know where their daily food comes from, the concentration of chemicals that this has, the impacts imports have on labourers in third world countries
We believe that proper Food Security and Supply Change does not hinder domestic trade, but that it should instead promote just trade policies and practices that encourage ecologically and socially sustainable food production.
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Friends of the Earth Malta has been actively involved with other national groups at Friends of the Earth Europe in working to safeguard GMO-free agriculture in order to ensure that citizens have the right to choose GMO-free food.
In addition to our national and European-level campaigning on GMOs, Malta fully supports local agriculture across the board. In connection with our work on Supply Change, Friends of the Earth Malta strongly believes in shorter supply chains, as these have a positive impact on local farmers, strengthen local economies and small business, and bring the public closer to their food sources.
Another key aspect of our work on Agriculture is lobbying with the Maltese government on the impacts of certain pesticides. In fact, Friends of the Earth Malta successfully pushed for the government to enact a nationwide ban on the controversial herbicide Glyphosphate making Malta the first EU Member State to do so.
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Since 2014, Friends of the Earth Malta has been consistently raising awareness about the plight of the endemic sub species of the honey bee (Apis mellifera ruttneri). Through various projects and activities, Friends of the Earth Malta has been working with local beekeepers, entomologists, and experts in the field to educate the public about beekeeping practices with the aim of increasing habitats for wild bee species.
In addition to our work with bees and other insect pollinator species, Friends of the Earth Malta fully supports the efforts of other NGOs in national campaigns against the illegal Spring Hunting of birds and sustainable fishing practices.
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