EISA Annual Report 2016

Foreword
The European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (EISA) was founded with the common aim of developing and promoting Integrated Farm Management (IFM) throughout Europe. Integrated Farm Management is a sustainable system which helps farmers improve the way they farm for the profitability of their business, the benefit of the environment, and social responsibility, including all important aspects of sustainable development. A detailed description and characterisation of Integrated Farm Management is available on the EISA website www.sustainable-agriculture.org.

In 2016, national organisations from France, Luxembourg, Germany, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Sweden and the Netherlands supported EISA as full members, and six organisations from the agricultural supply chain supported the organisation’s work as Associate Members. EISA works closely with EU institutions and other stakeholders to contribute to the development of agricultural and environmental policies in Europe.

EISA members help create a better public understanding of agriculture through a Network of Working Farms and various other communication and demonstration activities. They bring farmers and consumers together to raise awareness of how farmers are working in harmony with nature to efficiently produce good, safe food and renewable resources with economic, environmental and social care.

The EISA Annual Report 2016 presents an overview on EISA’s and National EISA Members’ activities as well as brief descriptions of the organisation’s six Associate Members. Many of EISA’s and EISA members’ activities are part of long-lasting projects often being performed year after year or even several times per year.

If you are interested in receiving further information or in getting involved on the national or the European level, you are more than welcome to contact EISA and EISA members for more details. (Read full Annual Report here)

Patrick Wrixon, EISA President

Dreams of Organic Farming – Facts and Myths

Interesting paper published by Holger Kirchmann, Lars Bergström, Thomas Kätterer and Rune Andersson in 2016

Foreword
Our book is intended to bring to the wider public a basic understanding of organic farming, in Sweden and more generally. While our research naturally has a local focus, we find the effects this type of agriculture has on food supply and the environment apply to the wider world from Europe and beyond.

Organic farming receives significant public attention with an assurance that this form of agriculture is good for the environment and provides safe, wholesome foods. This, in turn, has led to organic forms of production receiving public financial support inSweden, as in other countries, mostly in Europe. In Sweden, national agri-environmental payments total(link to full publication)

EISA: Enhancing biodiversity through Integrated Farming – a viable alternative to organic farming

eisalogoPresentation by Martijn Buijsse, EISA Policy Officer, to the European Biodiversity Conference in Brussels, on 7 December 2016. Hosted by MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz, the conference provided an excellent opportunity to present contributions of Integrated Farming to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity on farms. Look at the presentation in detail …

Healthy animals: key to sustainable food production

ifah-europeBrussels, 01 December 2016

The animal health industry plays a significant role in ensuring a sustainable food production by contributing to all three pillars of sustainability.

• Society: Food safety and security through animal health and welfare

• Economy: Less animal mortality and production losses

• Environment: Reduced environmental impact through a better use of natural resources

Read more in our paper and the info-graph on the contribution of healthy animals to sustainable food production.

Improved crop modelling for supporting policy design on climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation — CropM in MACSUR

faccejpiFACCE MACSUR Policy Brief 2

The second MACSUR policy brief, produced by the CropM coordination team, has been published. It focuses on the improvements in crop modelling that now allow conducting a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts, and identifying adaptation and mitigation options for Europe at multiple scales. The work also provides the background for further significant contributions to IPCC assessment reports. The policy brief is available from the MACSUR web site and is published as FACCE MACSUR Reports 9: H0.3-D2.

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2016: EPRUMA pledges to promote responsible use

Brussels, November 18, 2016

eaad-logoEPRUMA welcomes the 9th edition of European Antibiotic Awareness Day, and takes the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to promoting the responsible use of all veterinary medicines, including antibiotics.

Cooperation between EU institutions, national authorities and key stakeholders – working in both human and animal health – is critical to ensure the responsible use of all antibiotics … Read more

Wild flowering landscapes & bee-friendly farm machinery announced as winners of this year’s European Bee Award

BlühmischungLandscape scale initiative “B-lines” and the “Double Knife system” mowing technology stand out among the pool of 27 contestants from 17 European countries

Now in its third edition, the prestigious European Bee Award organised by ELO and CEMA, awards innovative projects in two different categories: ‘land manager practices’ helping to protect pollinators’ habitat in the farmed environment and ‘innovative & technological solutions’, aiming at reducing the impact of farming activities on pollinators’ populations. Read more …