Study: ‘The social, economic and environmental value of agricultural productivity in the European Union’


Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture

Published March 2013

According to the study findings, each percentage point increase in agricultural productivity in the EU:

• feeds more than 10 million humans per year
• increases the annual social welfare generated in European agriculture by approximately 500 million
• contributes EUR 500 to the annual income of an average EU farmer
• reduces our net virtual land imports by about 1.2 million hectares
• acts to save 220 million tons in CO2 emissions
• preserves global biodiversity equivalent to fauna and flora of up to 600,000 hectares of rainforest

The main objectives of the study are:

  • Improving crop varieties assure higher yields. These varieties can be developed through conventional breeding as well as biotechnology and genomics
  • Controlling insects and diseases by using modern plant protection products that prevent crop loss
  • Focus on land productivity

To read the study, click here