Environmental Performance of Agriculture at a Glance

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16 June 2008
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In OECD countries, agriculture uses on average over 40% of land and water resources, and thus has significant affect on the environment. This report provides the latest and most comprehensive data and analysis on the environmental performance of agriculture in OECD countries since 1990. It covers key environmental themes including soil, water, air and biodiversity and looks at recent policy developments in all 30 countries.

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  • Summary of OECD Agri-environmental Trends since 1990
    OECD countries are major world food suppliers. While projections (2007-16) indicate that the growth in farm production will be lower in OECD countries than for developing countries, the OECD’s role as a leading world food exporter is projected to continue. The projected increase in OECD cereal, meat and milk production is likely to mainly originate in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey and the United States, while production in the EU15 is projected to grow at a rate slower than in the 1990s, and in Japan the farming sector could further contract.
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