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Farming with nature

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  • Agriculture has a vital role in how we adapt to climate change. Low intensity farming respects and protects biodiversity and helps to lessen our carbon footprint. It’s also opening up new business opportunities as consumers embrace ‘slow food’ and organic movements. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 1.3 MB
  • The family-run La Vialla estate in Tuscany, Italy, produces more than 60 organic foodstuffs including wine, olive oil, cheese, tomatoes and pasta. Variety is a central principle of the farming practised here. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 686.1 KB
  • The Lo Franco brothers have planned every element of their production chain with the environment in mind, from preparing the soil through to packaging the produce. The 600 hectares of land are farmed without chemical fertilisers or pesticides. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 684.1 KB
  • Soil is a resource we often take for granted, but it’s at the heart of biodiversity, farming and controlling climate change. Soils in the EU contain more than 70 billion tonnes of organic carbon or around 7% of the total global carbon budget. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 3.9 MB
  • “At La Vialla, we rotate the different crops so that the soil remains healthy”, says Antonio Lo Franco. “And by enriching the land with manure and other organic products, carbon is fixed in the soil instead of being emitted into the atmosphere.” Click to view full-size image… 1.1 MB
  • The brothers see a crucial role for more environmentally friendly farming methods in the future. “I think organic farming will increase because rising CO2 emissions and pollution are not sustainable in the long term,” says Bandino. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 1.0 MB
  • In Cloughjordan, Tipperary, Ireland’s first ecovillage aims to meet all its needs sustainably: designed and built ecologically, it will run on renewable energy, and benefit from organic food produced locally. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 1.1 MB
  • “A group of us came together 10 years ago to try to reduce our carbon footprint. We looked at how we build our houses, earn our living, grow our food and how we move around,” says Iva Pocock, a member of the project. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 7.2 MB
  • The ecovillage homes are surrounded by pathways lined with fruit and nut trees, and a third of the land is devoted to woodland, farming, and allotments where residents can grow their own fruit and vegetables. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 1.3 MB
  • By providing sustainable milk, meat, eggs and other produce, the community farm is improving the quality and quantity of food available locally and helping to reduce the environmental burden of food miles. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 4.1 MB
  • Climate change presents farmers with challenges and opportunities. The sustainable approaches taken on farms like La Vialla and Cloughjordan save energy, reduce the carbon footprint from agriculture and offer new market opportunities. These farmers prove that adaption can make economic as well as environmental sense. © Image: EEA Click to view full-size image… 4.6 MB

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