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How scientific results can improve sustainable agriculture
Convener: Agata Novara  | Co-Conveners: Jess Drake , Martin Potthoff , David L. Lindbo 
 / Wed, 30 Apr, 15:30–17:15
 / Attendance Wed, 30 Apr, 17:30–19:00

According to the European Union and its CAP policies, the sustainable agriculture can be defined as an agriculture that achieves more and better from less. It contributes to ensuring a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials in harmony with the essential natural resources on which farming depends. Different kinds of sustainable agriculture are for instance organic, agro-forestry systems, biodynamic, some crop rotation methods or no tillage systems.
Sustainable agriculture aims to produce healthy food, to conserve natural resources avoiding the major threats it causes to the soil (sealing, erosion, acidification, compaction, loss of SOM, salinization and loss of biodiversity), water (nutrient enrichment, eutrophication, aquifer contamination or hydromorphological pressures), biodiversity and in greenhouse gases. At the same time sustainable agriculture must be economically viable and manage appropriately the countryside and its inhabitants.
This Scientific Session invites you to share you experience in successful and viable water and soil conservation techniques that have an effect on the environmental quality and ecology of terrestrial ecosystems. Studies focused on optimal energy efficiency, water footprint, soil nutrient balancing, SOM increases or greenhouse gases emissions as indicators of sustainable agricultural practices, and social-economic versus environmental impact balance, are also welcomed. All these studies could provide robust scientific basis for governmental agricultural policies development and decision tools for stakeholders.
The session will be organized with solicited speakers and abstracts.