Study Searches for Common Ground in Sustainable Agriculture Priorities

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that explored the differences in sustainable agriculture priorities between researchers, policy makers, and farmers in Europe. The researchers documented how researchers, policy makers, and agricultural practitioners in Europe prioritized 239 social and environmental variables potentially important for sustainable agriculture. Just 32 of the variables were prioritized by all three groups, and many variables were a priority to only one group. Nonetheless, the researchers suggest that focusing on those 32 variables could illuminate a promising path forward for sustainable agriculture.