Potential of extensification of European agriculture for a more sustainable food system, focusing on nitrogen

The authors explore the potential of sustainable extensification of agriculture by reducing N inputs and livestock densities. A 2030 scenario for the EU27 reducing production and consumption of animal products by 50% (demitarean diet) decreases N pollution by 10%. In Europe, extensification of agriculture is sustainable when combined with adjusted diets, a change to organic farming, and the externalization of environmental costs to food prices.

Journal or Publication Title: 

Potential of extensification of European agriculture for a more sustainable food system, focusing on nitrogen

Journal/Publisher: 

Environmental Research Letters

Authors: 

H.J.M. van Grinsven, J.W. Erisman, W. de Vries, H. Westhoek

Year of Publication: 

2015

DOI: 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/10/2/025002

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