Policy ForumAgriculture Policy

EU agricultural reform fails on biodiversity

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Science  06 Jun 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6188, pp. 1090-1092
DOI: 10.1126/science.1253425

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  1. EU agriculture.

    (Left) Farm sizes are particularly large in Western and Northern Europe and have increased in Western Europe (+27%) and the new MSs (+30%) since 2005. (Left middle) Fertilizer use in new MSs has been increasing in the past decade (other types of agrichemical inputs show similar trends). (Right middle) The Farmland Bird Index (normalized to 1990 levels) declines throughout the EU. (Right) Average crop diversity in different MSs (symbols) compared with the minimum requirements set by the new CAP (horizontal lines). See SM for data sources and details.