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Considering the trade-offs between best environmental practices and the climate impact of agriculture
August 11, 2017
Food production from farm to fork accounts for almost a third of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture requires a transition towards innovative, low-input systems. Organic production is increasingly playing a role in nutrient management and reducing pesticide use, while organic produce is an increasingly popular health choice.
Organic farming aims for a combination of environmental practices — biodiversity protection, natural resources preservation, animal welfare standards, omission of synthetic chemical inputs and genetically modified organisms. Climate impact, however, is still not fully integrated. While organic vegetables can strike a balance between environmental standards and reduce emissions, organic meat represents an area where trade-offs must be made.
Such has been the subject of investigation for Eaternity, a Swiss company, and Climate-KIC partner which offers catering clients and restaurants software to help calculate the carbon footprint of the meals they serve and make better environmental choices. Daily Planet spoke to Manuel Klarmann, Founder and CEO of Eaternity, to find out more about the Eaternity journey through this debate.