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Almost a fifth of EU spending goes on livestock farming–new report


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A new report suggests that nearly a fifth of the European Union's budget is spent on livestock farming.


The new research from Greenpeace looked at how public funds delivered via the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) are currently used.


They used data from the European Commission and Eurostat to estimate farm subsidies and land tied to rearing livestock.


The data showed that over 71 % of all the EU agricultural land is dedicated to feeding livestock, with between € 28.5 billion and € 32.6 billion going to livestock farms or farms producing fodder for livestock .


Research shows that raising livestock for meat, eggs and milk generates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.


Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director Marco Contiero said, "Adopting diets lower in meat and dairy would not only tackle health problems but would also reduce the pressure on land, freeing up more space for nature."