Forum for the Future of Agriculture

Within the different panel sessions of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2010, the audience was involved in the ongoing debate on the politics and economics of food vs. climate change. Live voting devices provided the possibility for the audience’s views to be integrated into the discussions.

We voted on the following questions with the results displayed below:

Sustainable Food Policies and Markets in an Unsustainable World:

With current trends, how can one feed the world in a sustainable fashion?

1. Innovation (e.g. biotechnology) – 62%

2. Reform of the WTO – 12%

3. Combat climate change – 11%

4. Population control – 10%

5. I don’t know – 4%

How can one best fight world hunger?

1. More food production and better distribution – 32%

2. More investment, development cooperation and micro-credits – 30%

3. Rural development – 24%

4. Economic growth – 13%

5. I don’t know – 1%

How can one best promote food production in food-deficit developing countries?

1. Green Revolution (more inputs) – 40%

2. Rural infrastructure – 36%

3. Land distribution (land reforms) – 11%

4. Public support – 10%

5. I don’t know – 4%

On farm policies and farm competitiveness:

What is the best way to enhance domestic farm competetiveness?

1. Fair competition policy for farmers – 39%

2. Applying technologies – 27%

3. Free markets – 15%

4. Farm restructuring – 14%

5. None of the above/I don’t know – 6%

Should farm policies tend to:

1. Increase competetiveness – 42%

2. Help preserve the ecosystems? – 32%

3. Protect domestic producers? – 13%

4. Support incomes? -10%

5. Preserve existing farming structures? – 3%

Climate Change & Agriculture : Why the Relationship Matters

How should European agriculture mitigate the changing climate?

1. Precision farming – 34%

2. Production of renewable energies – 28%

3. High Value Nature production – 21%

4. Extensification of production – 10%

5. Reduction in animal production – 7%

How should European agriculture adapt to the changing climate?

1. Strengthening the role of agriculture as a provider of ecosystem services – 40%

2. Changing production pattern and methods – 30%

3. Enhance climate and agricultural research – 21%

4. Change land use – 5%

5. Increase irrigation – 3%

The Role of Public Goods : Are They the Missing Link ?

Public goods provision is the missing link between agriculture and the environment.

1. I partially agree – 46%

2. I fully agree – 40%

3. I don’t agree – 10%

4. I don’t know – 4%

How can public goods delivered by land managers best be promoted?

1. Contracts for services – 30%

2. Public support – 27%

3. Creating environmental markets (e.g. emissions trading scheme) – 24%

4. Regulation – 11%

5. Private initiatives (e.g. clubs and societies) – 8%

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