“To provide space for wild animals, plants, pollinators and natural pest regulators, there is an urgent need to bring back at least 10% of agricultural area under high-diversity landscape features. These include, inter alia, buffer strips, rotational or non-rotational fallow land, hedges, non-productive trees, terrace walls and ponds,” the European Biodiversity Strategy reads.
All these elements are systematically sacrificed for the sake of industrial monocultures, even though they have a crucial value in absorbing atmospheric carbon, avoiding soil erosion and degradation, and filtering the air and water. In these respects, organic farming is the way forward. In 2018, 7.5% of agricultural land in the EU was farmed organically, covering a total of 13.4 million hectares. Over the next ten years, the Commission wants to bring this figure up to at least 25%, a fact that also bodes well for the economy as this model generates 10-20% more jobs per hectare. (source: lifegate.com)
Each of us plays a crucial role with our daily choices: choosing organic food improves human, animal and planetary health, helps bees and pollinating insects.