Evaluation of the ecological measures and animal welfare programmes shows that there has been an increase in the positive environmental effects of agriculture and a reduction in negative externalities since the programmes were introduced in 1993. The proof of ecological performance and the ecological measures have contributed to a measurable reduction in pollution and the stabilisation and promotion of species diversity. In addition, general structural developments, together with further legal criteria for ecological development also have a positive influence on this trend. Nevertheless, there remains a need for action to ensure the long-term fulfilment of ecological requirements which demands more far-reaching measures to supplement today’s regulations and incentives, especially in problem regions.
Agricultural ecology and animal welfare 1994 to 2005