Step by step towards more floral diversity
A diverse supply of blossoms, evenly spread throughout the year to the greatest possible extent, is what every beekeeper is likely to desire for his bees. Getting closer to this objective can be achieved via the own municipality, by managing land in hand – that is available almost everywhere – in an ecologically meaningful manner.
Land in hand is defined as open space areas in agricultural landscapes and residential areas neither used by agriculture nor nature conservation. Read more …
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is a partner organisation in SIP (Sustainable Intensification Research Platform) a multi-partner research platform funded by Defra to explore opportunities and risks for sustainable intensification, from a wide range of perspectives.
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Policy Paper – October 2015
Meeting current and forecast demand in a sustainable way is a challenge, especially given that we are already using the earth’s resources at rates thought to be unsustainable. The livestock sector currently constitutes the world’s largest user of natural resources: with 80% of all agricultural land used for grazing or animal feed production and 8% of the global water use, primarily for irrigation of feed crops. Moreover, climate change is expected to further challenge food security through more extreme weather events and other challenges at both regional and global scales.
Thus, the European Union (EU) is faced with a dual challenge: it is called to produce larger quantities of high quality and affordable meat, milk, and eggs in response to an increasing global demand, while doing so through production systems that are environmentally sound, socially responsible, and economically viable. Read more…
Simply Sustainable Biodiversity, developed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is a booklet to help farmers monitor, manage and enhance biodiversity through the adoption of Integrated Farm Management (IFM). Based on Six Simple Steps, it outlines practical ways for farmers to manage their land for food production as well as for wildlife. Download your copy here:
SAI Platform Newsletter / September 2015
As SAI Platform, we attach great importance to recommendations and advice given by our Advisory Council members, each of whom are experienced experts in the field of sustainable agriculture. In each newsletter we give the floor to one of our advisors.
For this edition of the newsletter we interviewed Patrick Wrixon. Patrick not only runs a mixed sheep and arable farm in the Welsh Marches, he is also active within LEAF, president of EISA and – most recently – is the latest addition to SAI Platform’s Advisory Council. Read more…
FARRE Newsletter / No 32 / September 2015
Les Pays-Bas valorisent leur agriculture durable
L’association européenne EISA (European initiative for sustainable agriculture), dont Farre est membre, a organisé ses « Farm Visits » cette année, aux Pays-Bas. L’occasion de découvrir les efforts des agriculteurs néerlandais en matière d’environnement et de mieux connaître l’association Skylark qui les accompagne dans leur démarche.
Les exploitations visitées dans le Netherlands, au sud des Pays-Bas, membres de l’association Skylark, réalisent des efforts conséquents en matière d’environnement. Accompagnés par des structures très diverses … Read more
‘Simply Sustainable Soils’, produced by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) sets out six simple steps to help farmers improve the performance, health and long term sustainability of their land. Download Brochure here
‘Simply Sustainable Water’, produced by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), helps farmers to develop an effective on-farm management strategy for efficient water use and to improve the farm’s contribution to protecting water in the environment. Download the brochure here
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)’s third Global Impacts report highlights how LEAF Marque certified businesses are making significant progress to delivering more sustainable farming. Download Report here
A new fact sheet “Responsible Use of medicines in animals: what does this mean?” has been published by EPRUMA.
It highlights that …
… veterinary medicines, including antibiotics, need to be used responsibly to maintain their efficacy. All animal health stakeholders are committed to Responsible Use.
… Responsible Use as promoted by EPRUMA is based on a holistic approach of minimising disease which encompasses enhancing knowledge on disease prevention, animal health, animal welfare and husbandry practices.
… antibiotics should be used “As little as possible, as much as necessary”.