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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 Trends of Environmental Conditions related to Agriculture 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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