Report on the Public Goods Provided by Agriculture

A new, comprehensive report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy evaluates the concept of public goods as applied to agriculture in Europe and assesses the feasibility of policy support for the provision of public services by agriculture.

According to the report there are many public goods supplied by agriculture, such as farmland biodiversity, water quality, water availability, soil functionality, climate stability, air quality.

The report finds out that the public highly values environmental public services. According to the report there is a large potential for highly productive farming systems that adopt environmentally beneficial production and provide public services. Such practices include less intrusive agriculture, energy efficiency improvements and targeted measures such as the use of buffer strips.

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