OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

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Agriculture can have significant impacts on the environment as it uses on average over 40% of water and land resources in OECD countries. The impacts occur on and off farm, including both pollution and degradation of soil, water and air. But agriculture also supplies ecosystem services, such as biodiversity, provides a sink for greenhouse gases, and contributes to flood control and the aesthetic value of landscapes.

This compendium updates the data issued in Environmental Performance of Agriculture at a Glance and provides comprehensive data and analysis on the environmental performance of agriculture in OECD countries since 1990, covering soil, water, air and biodiversity and looking at recent policy developments in all 34 OECD countries.

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Executive summary

The recent environmental performance of agriculture provides some encouraging signs that agriculture is capable of meeting future environmental challenges (). Evidence for OECD countries from 1990 to 2010 show improvements have been made in nutrient, pesticide, energy and water management, using less of these inputs per unit volume of output. Enhanced environmental performance has also flowed from the more widespread adoption of environmentally beneficial practices by farmers, such as conservation tillage, improved manure storage, soil nutrient testing, and drip irrigation.

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