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.
Bender S.F., Schulz S., Martínez-Cuesta R., Laughlin R.J., Kublik S., Pfeiffer-Zakharova K., Vestergaard G., Hartman K., Parladé E., Römbke J., Watson C.J., Schloter M., van der Heijden M.G.A.
Gilgen A., Felder R., Baumgartner S., Herzog F., Jeanneret P., Séchaud R., Paunovic S., Merbold L.