The farm sustainability data network: An example for accessing sustainability information of European agriculture

Agriculture and food systems are the central driving forces of environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change. In order to facilitate the transition towards more sustainable forms of food production, understanding and measuring on farm sustainability is crucial to evaluating the status quo and progress of applying on farm environmental measures and eco-practices.

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Direct drilling

During direct drilling, the seed is placed without any prior soil cultivation in the stubble of the previous crop. Direct drilling is used mainly in dry growing regions such as Canada, USA, Russia, Ukraine and Australia, and to some extent in other parts of the world.

Farm sustainability assessment tools – examples and relevance

Farmers and their farms play a crucial role in the transition towards more sustainable agriculture and food systems. Recognizing the urgent need for increasing resilience of socio-economic and ecological systems, we must consider sustainability assessment as an auspicious instrument for improving decision-making strategies at farm level to facilitate sustainable change.

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Sustainability assessment using the SMART farm tool

Sustainability is the buzzword in the current debate about the environmental impact of the agricultural and food sector. The sector needs to become much more sustainable, most experts, practicioners and political decision-makers agree. But how this should be done, continues to cause heated debates. The central question is: how can we produce and provide sufficient healthy and culturally appropriate food for a growing  population in a resource limited world? At the same time, farmers should reduce negative environmental and social impacts of food production.

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Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems – FAO’s approach to sustainability

In the view of increasing environmental concerns, sustainability has come into the foreground over the past decade and several sustainability assessment tools have been developed. Critiques claim though, sustainability is only an empty phrase because of frequent unreflective usage and overstretching of the concept - often solely for commercialization purpose. Nonetheless, sustainability assessment is more important than ever due to ongoing environmental degradation, socioeconomic worsening or even crises related to agriculture and food systems.

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The situation of organic farming in the European Union and Hungary

The article primarily provides farmers and consultants with basic information about the current situation of organic farming. Within the framework of the CAPTIVATE program, it provides information on the topic of sustainable and organic farming.

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Relationship between sustainability and ecological farming

Organic farming is one of the fastest growing farming methods in the world nowadays. Its rapid spread is explained by the fact that many consumers and producers consider it to be the most environmentally sustainable agricultural practice, which provides healthy, safe food for consumers. Organic farming is based on the concept of ecological farming, which is where the adjectives "ecological" and "biological" come from. The aim of ecological farming is to ensure sustainable development, during it reaches back to locally available reserves. 

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Policy Gaps Related to Sustainability in Hungarian Agribusiness Development

The world’s agriculture faces many challenges nowadays, such as tackling the effects of climate change, conserving agrobiodiversity, or feeding the Earth’s growing population. These issues often induce conflicting development directions, such as digitalization and ecologization, as the case of the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) shows. In the last decades, policymakers have focused mainly on greening agricultural production and the food industry, and now the CAP is part of the European Green Deal.

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Preliminary information about the new Agro-ecological program in Hungary

Within the framework of the new EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) starting in 2023, a new form of support, the so-called Agro-ecological Program (AÖP) is introduced in Hungary.
Based on the received information from the Ministry of Agriculture (AM), we would like to draw attention below to the main planned rules and features of the program, foreseen in the Hungarian Strategic Plan.

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Growing role of organic farming in the world – general situation

The importance of organic farming is growing around the world. Globally, 1.5% of the world's agricultural land is currently organic. Around the world, between 2005 and 2019, the agricultural area involved in organic farming expanded to 72.3 million hectares, but the rate of growth varied by continent (Figure 1) (Central Statistical Office).

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