biodiversity

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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European Court of Auditors: biodiversity on farmland, CAP contribution has not halted the decline

In Europe, the number and variety of animal species on farmland – “farmland biodiversity” – is in marked decline. Yet the EU committed to stop biodiversity loss by 2020. To do this, The Commission planned to allocate €66 billion from the common agricultural policy between 2014 and 2020.

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European Commission launches “Farm to fork” and European biodiversity strategies

The European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.

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A letter signed by 89 European associations to the Commission: European Green Deal needs to cut pesticides and switch to agroecology

A letter signed by 89 European associations to the Commission: European Green Deal needs to cut pesticides and switch to agroecology.

“We are writing to you as supporters of the European Citizens Initiative Save Bees and Farmers   which has been already supported by over a quarter of a million EU citizens.

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Net benefit of birds increases on organic farms surrounded by more natural habitat

Certified organic farms are required to support biodiversity, which in return provides important services back to the farm and improves crop yields. A study recently published in the journal Ecological Applications found that the benefit of biodiversity like birds is enhanced on organic farms when there is a lot of natural habitat surrounding the farm.

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Comparisons between organic and conventional agriculture need to be better

The assessment of the environmental impacts of agriculture and food has been studied extensively and is hotly debated. However, the most widely used method of analysis often tends to overlook major factors, such as biodiversity, soil quality, pesticide impacts and societal shifts. A researcher of INRAE and two Swedish and Danish colleagues write in the journal Nature Sustainability that these oversights can lead to wrong conclusions when comparing conventional and organic agricultures.

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To what extent does organic farming promote species richness and abundance in temperate climates? A review

Biodiversity is critical for the function of ecosystems both on and off the farm. In recent years, we’ve seen dramatic losses of biodiversity for various reasons including changes in climate, land use, and increasing chemical use in farming. Organic farming practices by design are intended to support and even increase biodiversity, yet the outcomes of these practices have been controversial.

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To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October. To stop the current trajectory of biodiversity loss, the conference needs to agree on legally binding targets with timelines, performance indicators and reporting mechanisms based on common standards, says the resolution.

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