An IFOAM EU report on agriculture’s role to prevent climate change (IT)

28/04/2017
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Agriculture should play its part to prevent climate change:  the guidelines are included  in a new IFOAM EU report, drafted in cooperation  with FiBL, the Swiss  Research Institute of Organic Agriculture: “Organic farming, climate change mitigation and beyond: reducing the environmental impacts of EU agriculture”. The report presents the cobenefits of organic agriculture when it comes to both climate mitigation and adaptation and highlights the importance for the agriculture sector to do its fair share in emissions reduction in the new EU Climate and energy package for 2030, which is now undergoing the co-decision process and is expected to be adopted before the end of the year.  Agriculture should nowadays adopt  a systemic approach also including consumption to reducing all its environmental impacts.

FIBL highlights the fact that research shows that a progressive conversion to 50% of EU land under organic farming by 2030 would offer a mitigation potential of 23% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions through increased soil carbon sequestration and reduced application of mineral fertilisers. It would moreover reduce energy use for the production of synthetic fertilisers, equivalent to a further reduction of 9% of agriculture emissions, and would provide many other environmental and animal welfare benefits, as well as successful adaptation strategies to cope with the impacts of climate change.” 

The main findings of the report are also presented in a short video while the report can be downloaded QUI 

 

Source: IFOAM UE

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