Biodiversity & nature

Agriculture

For sustainable farming and food production in the EU

Agriculture and environmental protection are two sides of the same coin. Without healthy soil, a variety of plants and species, and an abundant supply of clean water, our capacity to produce food is severely undermined. Much of Europe’s countryside has been shaped by farming and indeed some practices are vital for maintaining biodiversity, but for the most part mainstream agricultural practices are damaging our precious countryside and damaging natural resources.

Agriculture’s devastating impact on European natural capital is well documented: a IUCN report on the state of bees in Europe reports that heavy farming practices are one of the main reasons for the decline in bee species, and it’s the agricultural sector itself which is hit hardest by this decline in pollination services from bees. The latest State of Nature report from the European Environment Agency found that farming has a severe impact on our natural resources.

Unsustainable farming contributes to biodiversity decline, water pollution, soil erosion and pollution, climate change and air pollution.