The biobed – a Swedish farmer’s invention used across the world

The biobed is an invention by Swedish farmer Göran Ohlsson to minimise surface water pollution and point-source pollution in areas where spraying equipment is filled or cleaned. It is a simple, efficient and cost-effective concept, based on the principle of pesticide biodegradation.
In 1992, Swedish farmer Göran Ohlsson had the idea of building a biobed. The reason was his concern and efforts to reduce point-source pollution originating from filling and cleaning of spraying equipment. He had learned that chemical pollutants can be broken down by normal microorganisms in agricultural soil. He therefore constructed a simple pit, just over half a metre deep, filled with … Read more

L’agriculture durable made in France interpelle!

Thanks to the excellent organisation of FARRE, EISA’s national member in France, participants are able to look back to a great Farm Visit 2017. Exchange of thoughts and knowledge on sustainable agriculture, on Champagne production and the future of farming in an intensively used agricultural area were some of the key issues addressed. For more information, LE FORUM DE L’ENVIRONNEMENT is available in the French language.

The effect and impact of LEAF Marque in the delivery of more sustainable farming

“We are delighted to see that all participants in the study found value in being LEAF Marque certified. They reported that it had reached beyond their initial motivations for joining the system and helped them to develop their enterprises in ways they may not have considered previously. While it should be noted that in many cases the essential benefits arising from LEAF Marque certification were individualised, there were also many benefits shared by all participants in the study.” Caroline Drummond, LEAF
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Roadmap for Sustainable EU Livestock

Introduction

Making food production more sustainable is one of the greatest challenges of our times. In the face of global population growth, increased demand for animal protein, and climate action commitments, we need to ask ourselves how the EU livestock sector can become more sustainable? How can more be produced with less? In the light of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, the need to find ways for a sustainable livestock approach in today’s EU agricultural sector has proven to be more timely and relevant than ever.

In order to tackle this urgent question EU40 organised a trilogy of debates in 2016 entitled “Sustainable EU Livestock: Actions towards an Innovative, Climate-Smart and Competitive Future”. The debates (Environmental Sustainability of Livestock Production, Economic and Social Pillars of Sustainable Livestock Production, and Sustainable EU Livestock: The Way Forward) were hosted by Read more:

IFAH Europe Perspectives – Newsletter issue 42 – April-July 2017

In this issue:
One Health: more than a buzzword? – Register now for IFAH Europe conference
Animal health sector: our vital role in Brexit negotiations
More action on AMR
The latest from DISCONTOOLS
Promoting science to support innovation in the food chain
Join our celebration! – 30 years representing animal health in Brussels
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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)

Healthy animals: key to sustainable food production

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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.