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  • Author: Jan Eichhorn, Luuk Molthof, Sascha Nicke
  • Publication Date: 11-2020
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: Open Society Foundations
  • Abstract: This report charts attitudes on the existence, causes, and impact of climate change in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It also examines public attitudes to a series of policies that the EU and national governments could harness to reduce the damage inflicted by human-made emissions. Although a clear majority of European and United States respondents are aware that the climate is warming, and that it is likely to have negative impacts for humankind, this report finds there is confusion about the scientific consensus on climate change. This, the report argues, has created a gap between public awareness and climate science, leaving the public underestimating the urgency of the crisis, and failing to appreciate the scale of the action required.
  • Topic: Climate Change, Environment, Science and Technology, Fossil Fuels, Carbon Emissions, Ecology
  • Political Geography: Europe
  • Publication Date: 07-2020
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: Open Society Foundations
  • Abstract: In recent years, several studies have reported on the exploitation endured by migrant workers in Southern European Union member states—especially in sectors such as agriculture and food production. However, there has been much less focus on the North. New research now shows that agri-food workers in Northern Europe also face poor and even abusive conditions. In this light, Are Agri-Food Workers Only Exploited in Southern Europe? focuses on production in Germany, Netherlands, and Sweden. These three EU member states have stronger social protections than Italy, Spain or Greece—yet the dynamics driving wage compression and the violation of workers’ rights are like those in Southern Europe. This publication provides recommendations on how the EU and national governments can act to make Europe’s agri-food system more sustainable, benefiting farmers, consumers, workers, and the environment.
  • Topic: Agriculture, Environment, Human Rights, Labor Issues, Sustainability, Farming, Exploitation, Consumerism
  • Political Geography: Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe
  • Author: Giorgia Ceccarelli, Daniele Fattibene
  • Publication Date: 09-2020
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: Open Society Foundations
  • Abstract: Eradicating the exploitation of agri-food workers, promoting fairer food supply chains, and offering consumers effective tools to make truly informed food choices remain huge challenges in Europe. This report highlights the limitations of relying solely on food labelling schemes to meet these goals, and finds that voluntary certification schemes do not adequately enforce regulations or protect human rights. The report also argues, however, that the EU can use a number of tools to foster more just food supply chains, with ethical labels playing a role in that process as part of a “smart mix” of measures. The case studies in this report show that it is possible to have increased transparency in food labelling and supply chains, as well as better protections of workers in Europe and throughout the world. Additionally, the report explains how the EU can play an important role in providing food businesses with clear regulatory frameworks to ensure their operations do not harm workers or the environment.
  • Topic: Environment, Health, Human Rights, Labor Issues, Food, Regulation, Business
  • Political Geography: Europe