Experience of pilot farms

Experience of cereal pilot farms in Germany

The LIFE Food & Biodiversity project supports food standards and food companies to develop efficient biodiversity measures and to implement them in their pool of criteria or sourcing guidelines.

In this paper we provide information on our experiences gained in the cereal pilot projects in Germany in terms of implementation of recommended biodiversity measures. All pilots within the project were subject to a specific biodiversity consultation and measures were put in place that are based on the two pillars for biodiversity-friendly agriculture: Biodiversity Management and Very Good Agricultural Practices. Cereal pilots implemented measures dedicated to Biodiversity Management.

This publication targets product managers, who assess the implementation of requirements regarding cultivation methods (standard advisors, cooperatives, suppliers). We wish to communicate the challenges we experienced in our pilot projects and point out the observed benefits of the measures, as well as the pitfalls and related cost. You may take this as a guide to avoid similar pitfalls and to enhance the benefit for biodiversity.

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 Experience of cereal pilot farms in Germany


Marion Hammerl

Lake Constance Foundation
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