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The true cost of consumption: the EU’s land footprint

The European Union uses more than its fair share of global land, with high environmental and social impacts. In 2010, the amount of land used to satisfy our consumption, solely of agricultural goods and services, amounted to 269 million hectares. Almost 40% of this land is outside Europe, an area the size of Italy and France combined.

The full report shows why the EU has a responsibility in putting efforts towards measuring, monitoring and reducing its global Land Footprint, and how this could be supported by using policy tools and other initiatives.

Friends ofthe Earth Europe have also produced an 8-page briefing: Europe’s Land Footprint Trampling the World – Why the EU needs to reduce its land consumption (PDF).

Briefing - Europes Land Footprint  - trampling the world


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