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
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.
“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
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:
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The EISA Farm Visit in the Marne-Champagne region of France was also covered in the media. Please find links to some reports here and here:
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)’s fifth Global Impacts Report shows substantial progress in its mission to inspire and enable sustainable farming. Download full report
Interesting paper published by Holger Kirchmann, Lars Bergström, Thomas Kätterer and Rune Andersson in 2016
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
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FACCE 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.