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Arsta Sweden by Ingemar Pongratz

The critical role of soil biodiversity for food security

The critical role of soil biodiversity for food security By Ingemar Pongratz In December 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released a summary regarding the current state of knowledge regarding soil biodiversity. The critical importance of soil biodiversity and soil quality is an understudied area that should be a source …

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Nacka Nov 2020 by Ingemar Pongratz

Greenhouse gas emissions and the agricultural sector

Greenhouse gas emissions and the agricultural sector By Ingemar Pongratz The European Union (EU) has committed itself to become a climate neutral continent by 2050 and the European Commission has launched the European Green Deal, which includes a set of activities aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The roadmap towards becoming and a climate neutral …

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Crete 2020 by Ingemar Pongratz

Innovation in the agricultural sector

Innovation in the agricultural sector By Ingemar Pongratz The future of the agricultural sector in Europe is currently under intense discussion. The important role of agriculture in climate change is clear. Several EU estimates show that agricultural activities represent around 30% of the total production of greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, the ongoing corona virus pandemic …

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The Baltic Sea by Ingemar Pongratz

Agricultural soil and Horizon Europe

Agricultural soil and Horizon Europe By Ingemar Pongratz Agriculture in Europe provides considerable economic output. According to Eurostat, this sector contributed with more than 400 billion EUR towards the total value production in the European Union. However, the agricultural sector is under pressure and the number of workers is declining in many European countries. There …

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