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Friday, 07 December 2012

Towards a more resource efficient agriculture in Europe?

Is Europe ready and willing to increase the investment in research and technologies for the sake of more reaching more sustainability in the agricultural sector? - this was the main topic of the “Towards resource efficient agriculture in Europe” conference organized by the European Landowners Organization (ELO) on December 6 in Brussels.
The discussion was moderated by MEP Mr. Robert Sturdy and saw the contribution of several stakeholders, ranging from policy sector, academia, industry and green NGOs members. They proposed solutions for the sustainable intensification in European agriculture, touching upon topics as: water use and protection, the possibilities to use more effective fertilizers and the way to do this more efficiently; the concept of nutrient recycling, organic agriculture as an alternative to fertilizers; the way to manage soil better, and not lastly the opportunities for improved and sustainable plant protection.
The main conclusions drew on the urgency to adjust the policy framework for an efficient use of land and inputs, to introduce sustainable agricultural practices, as well as to establish precision farming and conduct further investigations on GM-crops and their potential for European agriculture.

Source: CTA