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Agricultural environment

    Agricultural environment has been shaped over centuries to what it is today. Agriculture is needed to produce food for us. The liberalization of world trade has changed significantly the way we consume food during this era of self-sufficiency. At the same time that we’re importing raw materials and products, we are also exporting. Numerous cargo ships carry food in the Baltic Sea to all directions.

    Third of Finns live in rural areas and many commute daily to work through the countryside. Agriculture provides livelihood for about two percent of the working population but affects many more. Agricultural landscapes are part of the external benefits of agriculture.

    The agro-environmental scheme in Finland is worth about 300 million Euros per year (about 15% of all subsidies to agriculture). However the overall understanding is that the scheme has not resulted sufficient results for the environment. This question is examined in Järki-project. What are the causes?  Are we using the wrong measures? Is it even true?

     

    Photo by: Jarmo Markkanen