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ENEP attended the 7th Forum for Agriculture (FFA)

The 7th Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) took place this month at the Square in Brussels. This year's theme was 'Meeting the Food & Environmental Challenge: How to sustainably produce more with less and trade better'. The focus was on four areas: environment, sustainable agriculture, farming and trade. Speaking in the environment section of the conference, Commissioner Potočnik pointed out the consequences that unsustainable land use and soil degradation can have for our livelihoods and wellbeing: “It is putting pressure on biodiversity, contributing to climate change and to the increase in extreme events, such as floods and droughts. And unlike air and water, soil is a very complex resource with numerous links to other environmental challenges,” the Commissioner stated. One of the most debated terms during the conference was 'sustainable intensification'. The concept tries to respond to the challenges posed by land and water scarcities, agricultural pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss and the pressures of a growing population. It aims to bring together the opposite principles of productivity and environmental management by creating a post-industrial farming system for a more sustainable future. For more information about FFA 2014, read Commissioner Potočnik’s speech on land use and natural resources in EU policies or have a look at FFA's website: http://www.forumforagriculture.com/.

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