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Transitioning European agriculture to agroecology by 2050 yields emission reductions from 40% to 47%, and benefits biodiversity, natural resources, adaptation, and health. These are the findings of the Ten Years For Agroecology (TYFA) study “Agroecology and carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050: what are the issues?”.
The scenario demonstrates that climate and biodiversity can be improved simultaneously by changing agricultural practices. It is based on abandoning pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, redeploying natural grasslands and extending agroecological infrastructures like hedges, trees, ponds and stony habitats. It also looks at healthier diets with a reduced consumption of animal products, and a higher consumption of fruit and vegetables to sustainably feed 530 million Europeans in 2050. The study takes into account a 35% drop in production based on the lower production in agroecological systems.
The authors of the study are Pierre-Marie Aubert, Marie-Hélène Schwoob (IDDRI) and Xavier Poux (AScA, IDDRI). IFOAM EU commissioned the study.
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This article has received financial support from: The French government in the framework of the programme “Investissements d’avenir”, managed by ANR (the French National Research Agency) under the reference ANR-10-LABX-01; The European Union, under the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME); The foundation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme.