What are EU farmers and Cooperatives concrete actions to fight against Climate change?

Three key figures about farming and climate change

1- Who are we ?

23 million EU Farmers and their 22 000 agricooperatives have significant potential to increase adaptation and mitigation efforts, to reduce their emissions, to sequester carbon and to boost economies in a sustainable manner. Agriculture has already decoupled climate impact from production growth.

2- What do we do ?

A climate neutral economy has to be achieved in the EU by 2050 to fulfil the Paris Agreement objectives. Reducing EU agricultural production is likely to move production to countries where production has a more negative climate impact, leading to carbon leakage and increased global GHG emissions.

3- Why is it important ?

We are committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and support it as an essential part of the European and global political agenda. To achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals, agriculture and forestry sectors are indispensable partners and the special role of agriculture in has to be recognised.

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“European farmers, forest owners and their cooperatives are the first to feel the impact of climate change. Therefore there are no climate change deniers in the European farming community. We are committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and support it as an essential part of the European and global political agenda.” 

Pekka Pesonen

Secretary Genral, Copa-Cogeca

“Agriculture is part of the solution and considers itself an active partner in climate protection. Agriculture’s role as a producer of food can only be sustained in the future if policy and research support farmers in adapting to climate change. This requires more agricultural research into climate change challenges, new climate protection strategies as well as an expansion of advisory services in order to facilitate a transfer of knowledge in farms.”

Joachim Rukwied

Copa President

“If the crop yield is doubled, the carbon flow into the soil is also doubled because the higher the aboveground crops, the higher the biomass of the root system. At the same time, nutrient retention is improved, which reduces the amount of nutrients entering the waterways.”

Juha Marttila

President of MTK

“Population growth, food demand and climate change are major challenges. Food production impacts the climate and, as a result, new and innovative solutions are needed if we are to satisfy everyone’s appetite while considering the climate challenges theworld is facing."

Martin Merrild

President of DAFC

“I know the future on my farm has to be about holistic farm management - not organic versus conventional, but sustainable farming practice that focuses on building soil health. Our mixed rotation is focused on continually striving to improve grazing pasture, introduce more clover and herbal leys which help to ­x nitrogen so we use less fertiliser, and GPS technology is supporting our ability to precision farm.”

Minette Batters

President of NFU

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