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Environmental Performance of Agriculture in OECD Countries Since 1990

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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.

Over recent years the environmental performance of agriculture has improved in many countries, largely due to consumer pressure and changing public opinion. Many OECD countries are now tracking the environmental performance of agriculture, which is informing policy makers and society on the trends in agri-environmental conditions, and can provide a valuable aid to policy analysis. The indicators in this report provide crucial information to monitor and analyse the wide range of policy measures used in agriculture today, and how they are affecting the environment. 

Did You Know?  In OECD countries, agriculture uses on average 40% of land and water resources.

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OECD Progress in Developing Agri-environmental Indicators

This chapter reviews the progress of OECD work on agri-environmental indicators (AEIs), especially in a series of OECD Expert Meetings, held over the period 2001-04 (Box 2.1, Background and Scope of the Report, Section II). The indicators described in this chapter are those for which either methodologies and/or data sets are not yet at a stage that allows for representative comparative OECD country coverage, as is the case for those in Chapter 1.

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