MP Alan Keen backs Friends of the Earth campaign

Feltham and Heston MP Alan Keen is calling for less meat to be sourced from rainforest-damaging producers.

The Labour MP is backing Friends of the Earth's 'Fix the Food Chain' campaign, which calls for a reduction in the impact of the UK’s factory farms, which it says are wiping out rainforests and wildlife to grow animal feed.

According to Keen: "Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a rainforest-free lunch if you’re eating meat and dairy, but it is possible to farm animals without trashing the planet.

"I back Friends of the Earth’s call for policies that will help farmers to rear animals that are born, bred and fed British."

Friends of the Earth’s senior food campaigner Vicki Hird said: "It’s great that MPs like Alan Keen are waking up to the impact of factory farming and supporting the switch to planet-friendly meat and dairy farming.

"Friends of the Earth is campaigning for a new law that will cut the meat and dairy industry’s impact and will support farmers and consumers to make greener choices."

Last week a Private Members' Ballot of MPs produced a list of 20 who are able to devise a Bill of their choice to push through Parliament. Friends of the Earth is urging the backbenchers to to develop what they have termed a 'Sustainable Livestock Bill'.

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