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IFOAM Organics Europe: a new organic action plan to reach 25% organic land in Europe by 2030

IFOAM Organics Europe has prepared a new document that lists the European organic movement’s key priorities to boost both organic demand and production through the European Action Plan for organic farming. In the organization view, a coherent combination of push and pull measures is necessary to reach the target of 25% organic land in the EU by 2030, as put forward in the EU’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. The priorities are ten:

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Biodiversity for food and agriculture and ecosystem services – Thematic Study for The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

The study provides an overview of the roles that the biodiversity found in and around food and agricultural production systems play in the supply of ecosystem services ranging from provisioning services, such as the supply of food, fuel and fibre, to cultural services, such as recreation and aesthetic enjoyment, and regulating services, such as pollination, carbon sequestration, pest control and nutrient cycling.

Agricultural diversification promotes multiple ecosystem services without compromising yield

The research is published in Science Advanced. Enhancing biodiversity in cropping systems is suggested to promote ecosystem services, thereby reducing dependency on agronomic inputs while maintaining high crop yields. We assess the impact of several diversification practices in cropping systems on above- and belowground biodiversity and ecosystem services by reviewing 98 meta-analyses and performing a second-order meta-analysis based on 5160 original studies comprising 41,946 comparisons between diversified and simplified practices.

Annual Wildflower Strips as a Tool for Enhancing Functional Biodiversity in Rye Fields in an Organic Cultivation System

The article is published in Agronomy, and it belongs to the Special Issue Successfully Managing Interdependent Agricultural Landscapes — Processes, Structures and Mechanisms Sustaining the Entire System. Ecological intensification of agriculture (e.g., with the use of wildflower strips) is being currently discussed as a mean for gaining high yields, preserving high biodiversity of farmland.

Hedgerows and flower strips increase natural pest control and pollination, but with some distinctions…

Hedgerows and flower strips are often planted among crops to boost beneficial insect populations, but there are few comprehensive studies that compare different types of floral plantings for their impacts on the services beneficial insects can provide like natural pest control and pollination.

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The effectiveness of flower strips and hedgerows on pest control, pollination services and crop yield: a quantitative synthesis

A quantitative synthesis published in Ecology Letters. Floral plantings are promoted to foster ecological intensification of agriculture through provisioning of ecosystem services. However, a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of different floral plantings, their characteristics and consequences for crop yield is lacking. Here we quantified the impacts of flower strips and hedgerows on pest control (18 studies) and pollination services (17 studies) in adjacent crops in North America, Europe and New Zealand.

'Organic Farming Research Foundation': organic for climate research priorities

As legislators continue to consider comprehensive climate legislation, OFRF is working closely with Congress and partner organizations to ensure the voices of organic farmers are heard on Capitol Hill. Organic agriculture has great potential to sequester carbon, mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce the environmental impacts of fertilizers and pesticides, and build resilience to a changing climate in our farms, ranches, rural communities, and food systems.

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EU Court of Auditors: EU action had little effect on halting the decline of wild pollinators

Measures did not ensure the protection of wild pollinators, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The biodiversity strategy to 2020 was largely ineffective in preventing their decline. In addition, key EU policies, among which the Common Agricultural Policy, do not include specific requirements for the protection of wild pollinators. On top of this, EU pesticides legislation is a main cause of wild pollinator loss, say the auditors.

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Special issue of "Animals" dedicated to "Animal health, welfare and sustainability of organic production"

The opportunity to present papers on the theme "Animal health, welfare and sustainability of organic production" is now open on Animals, an international open access magazine entirely dedicated to animals, including zoology and veterinary sciences, published monthly online. Guest editor Dr. Valentina Ferrante, from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy of the Università degli Studi di Milano.

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IFOAM Int.: how organic agriculture protects and nurtures the environment

“Time for Nature”: that was  the theme of this year’s World Environment Day. On the 7th June 2020, we have joined the world in advocating for healthier practices that do not harm nature, but protect and nurture it. At IFOAM – Organics International, we know the immense environmental benefits of organic agriculture to all forms of life.

Organic boosts biodiversity

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