More than half of the European Union lists environmental protection as a goal for future agricultural policies. Farmers lists securing a stable livelihood as their biggest concern for the future.
The agricultural industry is the second largest polluter in Europe. Cattle release large amounts of methane, which harms the environment. Manure from cows can be used as a biomass fuel.
In Berlin and other large European cities, food delivery programs have grown in popularity. Supermarkets have also branched into the individual delivery market.
Organic meat has not seen the rise in demand that organic fruits and vegetables have. A free-range pig farm in Germany takes extra steps to provide for and protect the pigs. Less than 1% of pork sold in the EU is organic.
Intensive farming is used to increase production but destroys the diversity of the soil. The use of chemicals and intensive farming in the 1970s nearly destroyed wine production in Tyrol, Austria. Vineyards now use organic farming practices.
Many agriculturists in Europe are taking creative approaches to combat the effects of climate change on their businesses. A fruit farm in Germany built a strong brand identity to sell its produce.
The public is becoming more interested in how their food it grown and where it comes from. An organic farm in Poland teaches children about agriculture and food production.
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More than 50% of consumers want agriculture to pay attention to climate change and environmental protection. With low food prices on the one hand and environmentally friendly production methods on the other, Europe's farmers are unsettled. Adding to this is the growing price pressure. How do farmers manage to meet today's requirements? Greenhouses make all the difference. Italians market the most tomatoes in Europe. However, at 61 tons per hectare, the yield is lower than in the Netherlands. There, the eightfold quantity of the Italian yield is growing on one hectare. But can such farming methods still be environmentally friendly? Frank van Kleef believes that his methods are simply the best. A fruit farmer from Germany turns his fruit into a brand and the farm into an amusement park. Creativity is required when marketing the products, especially as a farmer.
Length: 30 minutes
Copyright date: ©2018
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