European Commission Promotes Smart Farming to Mitigate Climate Change
The European Commission wants to build “bridges” between agriculture and the ICT sector in order to better address the environmental challenges of farming.
Rising demand for agricultural products - and the pollution associated with it - is putting pressure on policymakers to find “innovative” ways of reducing the environmental footprint of the farming sector.
The Commisison now believes information technologies could help farmers reduce the EU's emissions of greenhouse gases, 10% of which come from agriculture.
“These emissions have declined by 24% since 1990 while total output of agricultural production was maintained thanks to land management using modern technologies, improved knowledge and specific practices combat climate change,” a Commission spokesperson told EurActiv.com.