Considering the impact on soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity is important when assessing the environmental footprint of dairy products, suggests a new study, which explored the impacts of organic and conventional milk production in three types of system established in Western Europe. The study found that organic milk production had a significantly lower impact on ecotoxicity and biodiversity than conventional milk production, and suggests that including soil carbon changes in the assessment would result in greater reductions in the carbon footprint of organic, rather than conventional, milk — in some cases by up to 18%.
Hosted by MEP Elsi Katainen & Whole Grain Initiative, the high-level meeting will consist of an interactive panel discussion moderated by Sue Saville, a highly-experienced journalist specialised in health and well-being. A networking reception will follow the moderated discussion.
Sustainable organic food systems can provide food for the world. How to facilitate the transfer of the current system into as sustainable organic food system by ensuring organic integrity is the task of this workshop.
Join a debate on the role of international trade in the promotion of resilience and sustainability in the agricultural sector. We invited government officials and representatives of international organizations, the private sector and civil society to discuss the importance of trade for the future of agriculture from a local to a global perspective.
Today, there are lots of pressures for more sustainable food systems as a result of dietary changes, growing environmental awareness and an overall demand for healthier food. Public procurement and catering services can serve as trailblazers to respond to these pressures. This two-day Baltic Sea Region Stakeholder Round Table Event is an international event that aims to bring together public procurers, catering service providers, public authorities, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders from different countries to co-learn about the current situation and to co-develop innovative strategies for the future! The event will be in English.
Regional diversity in the EU is present in agricultural production methods, such as in the extent of organic farming. There is only one region where over one half of agricultural land is farmed with organic production methods, while 13% of the regions had less than 1% of their area under organic farming in 2016. The total organic area is the sum of the ’area under conversion’ plus the ‘certified area’. Before an area can be certified as ‘organic’, it must undergo a conversion process, which may take 2-3 years depending on the crop.
The Presidency informs Ministers on the bioeconomy conference “European Bioeconomy Scene 2019” held in Helsinki on 8-10 July 2019.
A summary of the second hearing is now available.
A summary of the hearing is now available.