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Farmers and researchers to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture

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Ecological intensification of agriculture allows farmers to achieve high yields from limited land without degrading the natural environment.
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Farmers Can Achieve High Yields While Lowering Environmental Footprint

Industrial farming is mining the Earth’s nonrenewable resources. If soil degradation continues, farming can only continue for approximately 60 more years. Agriculture accounts for about 70 percent of freshwater withdrawals from lakes, rivers, and aquifers. And agriculture is the direct driver for approximately 80 percent of deforestation across the globe.

Fortunately, many farmers and researchers are investigating effective ways to reduce—and even reverse—the environmental footprint of agriculture. Food Tank is partnering with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to highlight the LInking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem seRvices for effective ecological intensification (LIBERATION) project. In our monthly series, Harvesting the Research, we feature interviews with leading experts on the ecological intensification of agriculture.

Food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050, according to FAO. Ecological intensification of agriculture—achievement of high yields without harm to the natural environment—will be critical to meeting these goals.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.