Increasing organic and fair production and consumption in Europe
Magdalena Nertinger, Naturland e.V.
In Southern Germany, Naturland Fair recently invited stakeholders of the organic dairy industry to discuss their day-to-day experiences with sustainable agricultural practices. Their common goal: to get a multi-facetted picture of Europe’s food system, its strategies to improve climate performance of agriculture and to co-create climate-friendly solutions.
Every year, the effects of the climate crisis on agriculture are becoming more apparent. Farmers in the Global South are already highly affected, while an increasing number of regions in the Global North is also suffering due to more frequently occurring weather extremes and shift of seasons. On the other hand, agriculture is not only affected by climate change but is also one of the biggest emitter – for example, due to land use changes or methane emissions. Currently, the European Union’s (EU) Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is mostly still favoring unstainable farming practices and the adoption of organic farming practices is still low within the EU.
Since July 2022, the Fair Trade and Social Responsibility department of the Naturland Association is taking part in the BEATLES (behavioral change towards climate-smart agriculture) project. Climate-smart agriculture is referred to as agricultural practices that sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes, adapt and build resilience to climate change, and reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions, where possible (definition by FAO). The project aims to create an understanding of the lock-ins and levers for a transition to a more climate-smart agriculture and food system. Based on that, pathways towards socio-ecological change will be developed through the provision of a set of business models for fair value propositions, policy recommendations and a guide for agricultural advisors.
Key outcomes of the co-creation workshop are:
Magdalena Nertinger is working in the Naturland Fair and Social Responsibility department of the Naturland association. Besides member support in the Global South, her main tasks include the implementation of the BEATLES project.