Regenerative agriculture in Europe – new publication

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A critical analysis of contributions to European Union Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies.

Agriculture is the main driver of global deforestation and land conversion, and food systems account for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it a major contributor to climate change. A new report by Europe’s National Academies of Sciences provides evidence that a transformation to regenerative agriculture holds promising keys to reducing climate risks while providing the growing world population with food and enhancing biodiversity.

Regenerative agriculture aims to maintain agricultural productivity, increase biodiversity, and in particular restore and maintain soil biodiversity, and enhance ecosystem services including carbon capture and storage.

The report provides a critical analysis of the main components of regenerative agriculture: soil restoration, carbon capture and storage, and reversal of biodiversity loss.

EASAC recommends to prioritize regenerative agriculture in agricultural policy. This includes more diversification within and among crops, introduction of permanent and perennial crops, expanded agroforestry and intercropping, keeping green plant cover on all farm fields during all seasons, and reduced tillage.

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EASAC is the European Academies' Science Advisory Council. It brings together the National Academies of Science of the EU Member States, Norway, Switzerland and United Kingdom to provide independent science-based advice on important challenges for Europe.