Conversion to Ecological Recycling Agriculture

 

Farming for the Future - with a focus on the Baltic Sea Region  


In this book Artur Granstedt describes how ecologically adapted farming, based on local recycling and renewable energy sources, can reduce the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea and even help to reduce climate change. We are presented with descriptions of the ecosystems that support the health of the biosphere - terrestrial and marine, the climate, and global food production. In addition to that, a historical overview of agricultural practices which can deplete the resources that support our existence is given. The author explains, with examples, how we can restore fertility to the soil, bring depleted land back to bloom and produce food that can nourish the world.
 
Artur Granstedt holds a Ph.D. in Agronomics is Associate Professor at Södertörn University, and Coordinator of the BERAS Implementation project (Baltic Ecological Recycling Agriculture and Society)

This book corresponds with the main output Other: A BERAS book will be published in English with documentation of ecological recycling agriculture and local - regional food (diet for Baltic Sea) with representative examples around the Sea.

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Policy Interventions for Ecological Recycling Agriculture

A book by Peter Einarsson with recommendation for policies, legislation and strategies for conversion to BERAS principles.
Ecological recycling agriculture (ERA) results in low animal densities, high animal feed self-sufficiency, and low plant nutrient surplus. Model estimates indicate that a conversion to ERA would enable agriculture in the Baltic Sea region to meet the plant nutrient reduction targets agreed under the Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP). The paper explores the policy options available to governments that wish to promote a conversion to ERA. It concludes that although WTO and EU memberships impose certain policy restrictions, national flexibility is considerable both in terms of legislation, taxation and financial support schemes. For EU member states, there exist a number of little-used possibilities to utilize funding from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to reward farmers for recycling practices. While more fundamental reform of the CAP would be needed to introduce ERA on a broad scale, much can be done already in the current policy framework. A number of policy tools are already used by national governments to address nutrient surpluses in agriculture, but coherent strategies are missing and the systemic nature of nutrient surpluses – emphasized by current science – is not well understood. Among the key recommendations in this paper are the following measures, all of which are immediately available to national governments.

This book corresponds with the main output Transnational action programs or plans: Common recommendation on national levels within BSR for conversion to BERAS principles based on to the site condition optimal crop rotations, soil and nutrient management and to own fodder production adapted animal husbandry.

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Policy Recommendations to Save the Baltic Sea: Conversion to Ecological Recycling Agriculture

(Editors: Leif Bach Jørgensen, Sofi Gerber and Per Wramner)

Policy Recommendations to Save the Baltic Sea: Conversion to Ecological Recycling Agriculture presents measures on transnational and national levels to promote a conversion to Ecological Recycling Agriculture (ERA) within the Baltic Sea region. It addresses international organizations, governments, authorities, NGOs, adviser agencies and farmers with the target to reduce negative environmental impacts of conventional agricultural methods by applying the ERA concept.

This report corresponds with the following three main outputs Management plans: Plans for policy implementation for realize Ecological Recycling Farming system emerging from conversion farm studies; Transnational action programs or plans: Recommendations for inclusion in the BSAP for conversion to BERAS principles within the BSR; and Transnational action programs or plans: Recommendation for CAP reformation according to BERAS principles with the site condition optimal crop rotations, soil and nutrient management and to own fodder production adapted animal husbandry. Target group: Politicians and authorities within EU.

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Conversion to Ecological Recycling Agriculture and Society - Environmental, economic and sociological assessments and scenarios

(Editors: Artur Granstedt and Pentti Seuri)

 This report gathers the scientific results of the environmental, economic and sociological assessments and scenarios within the BERAS Implementation project. It includes theoretical frameworks, production models and evaluations of the conversion process based on a number of ERA case studies. Environmental impacts of farming systems, economic perspectives on conversion as well as policy recommendations for supporting a shift to ERA are presented.

The report corresponds with Work package 4 of BERAS Implementation project plan and covers several main outputs which are also reported individually under their respective categories.

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ERA farm model from different production lines and countries

(Authors:Artur Granstedt, Pentti Seuri, Argo Peepson, Sirli Pehme, Jozef Tyburski, Jaroslaw Stalenga, Jerzy Kopinski, Pawel Parowicz, Mariusz Matyka, Andrzej Madej, Maria Kämäri and Jukka Kivelä)

Strategies for conversion of different types of farms are presented in BERAS Implementation report no. 3: Conversion to Ecological Recycling Agriculture and Society - Environmental, economic and sociological assessments and scenarios. General strategies for the conversion process are presented in the introduction (chapter 1). ERA farm models from different production lines and countries are presented in chapter 3. Descriptions of strategies for conversion into ERA, with examples from specialised crop production farm, specialised animal production and mixed animal and crop production, are given for Poland in chapter 4.4.3. The case Peltomäki farm (4.5.2) documents how cooperation between farms with crop production and milk production is a method to realise ERA principles.

These texts correspond with the following main output: Territorial development concepts covering at least 3 countries: Strategy for conversion to BERAS system for three main types of farms within BSR including former large scale commune farms (east), small scale private farms (south east) and large scale specialized crop or animal farms.

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