Changing climate patterns have already begun to have considerable impact on agricultural production in many regions. In the near future, shifts in local climatic conditions and the frequency of extreme weather events such as droughts and floods are expected to occur even more frequently, with potentially devastating effects for agricultural yields. Strategies need to be developed to make our food and farming systems more resilient to the effects of climate change.
The IFOAM EU Group released a new Dossier titled “Organic Agriculture – A Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation“, dealing with this issue. The dossier presents a collection of articles by researchers who, from a multidisciplinary approach, analyze scientific data and demonstrate the potential of Organic Agriculture, as a holistic sustainable production system which contributes to increase farmer’s resilience to adapt to changing climate patterns. Topics include the organic farming practices as an investment in climate change resilience (A. Müller and A. Gattinger), a focus on the Northern Europe (J.E Olesen), on the Mediterranean regions (E. Aguilera, G. Guzmán and L. Ortolani) and an analysis of the international and European legal context of climate change adaptation in agriculture (A. Kölling and T. Elola-Calderón).
You may read the dossier by clicking the image below: