Birmingham Friends of the Earth press release

A herd of local environmental campaigners have been greeting delegates at the Conservative party conference and asking them to pledge their support for a new law to halt the environmental damage being caused by factory farming.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth campaigners were handing out delicious local Warwickshire organic cheese from animals reared on a soy-free diet to show that you can have delicious meat and dairy without trashing the planet. The cows moved into Birmingham to reveal the hidden chain linking meat and dairy from British factory farms to wildlife and rainforest destruction in South America. Animals in British factory farms are fed soy grown by destroying forests and other natural habitats in South America.

Friends of the Earth is supporting Rob Flello MP’s Sustainable Livestock Bill and is campaigning for MPs to vote for it in Parliament on Friday 12 November.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth Campaigner Nigel Baker said:

“It’s great that so many MPs are backing the Sustainable Livestock Bill and supporting a fairer and more planet-friendly future for farming. We must reduce our reliance on soy for animal feed – which is causing forest destruction in South America – and instead support British farmers to feed animals a homegrown diet.”


Notes to Editors

1. Rob Flello MP tabled Friends of the Earth’s Sustainable Livestock Bill in June 2010:

2. For more information on the environmental and social impacts of the intensive livestock

sector, see Friends of the Earth’s What‟s feeding our food? report:

3. For more information on Friends of the Earth’s MOOvement see

4. Friends of the Earth believes the environment is for everyone. We want a healthy planet

and a good quality of life for all those who live on it. We inspire people to act together for a

thriving environment. Over 90 per cent of our income comes from individuals so we rely

on donations to continue our vital work. For further information visit

5. Birmingham Friends of the Earth campaigns on many environmental issues, including the promotion of sustainable agriculture.