An agro-ecological Europe by 2050: a credible scenario, an avenue to explore (IT)

11/10/2018
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Organic agriculture can sustainably feed 530 million Europeans by 2050: this is the opinion of a study drafted by IDDRI (Institut du Développement Durable et Responsable), a prestigious institute of the Catholic University of Lille specialized in sustainable development. The study, "An agro-ecological Europe: multi-functional agriculture for a healthy food system", draws from the growing alarm signs, especially in terms of health and environment, indicating the need for a strong transition within the European agri-food industry system. The study explores the agricultural and nutritional feasibility of the scenario: is it possible to effectively meet the food needs of all Europeans by 2050, given the existing availability of agricultural land? And with what consequences for the food trade between Europe and the rest of the world? The study develops an original model, systematically comparing agricultural production and its applications - both food and non-food -, production methods and land use. A scenario involving less animal products, but more fruit, vegetables and fibers, in line with the recommendations of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Despite an expected decline in production of 35% compared to 2010 (in kcal), the study indicates that: It would be possible to feed Europeans in a healthy and complete way while maintaining their export capacity; Europe's global food footprint would be reduced; Agricultural emissions of greenhouse gases would decrease by 40%; biodiversity would be recovered and the protection of natural resources would increase.

To learn more about the proposals of this interesting study, you can download it HERE.

 

Source: IDDRI