Research today for the future of agriculture
Today, food production is primarily governed by agricultural policy arather than by our nutritional needs.
Farm systems that consume finite resources and burden the environment are not sustainable.
- Emissions of agricultural and food-based greenhouse gases are major causes of global warming.
- Continued nitrogen and phosphorus eutrophication of oceans leads to increasing areas of dying seabeds.
- Reduction of biodiversity, soil depletion and pesticide residues in both the environment and our food are not sustainable in the long term.
Agriculture needs to be transformed from the ground up. Mitigating symptoms is not sufficient.
Today's specialized agriculture needs to be converted into a recycling agriculture based on local, renewable resources.