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Poultry meat production: Research Paper now available in English and German

The HFFA Research Paper on the economic and environmental effects of modern poultry meat production is now also available in English. It is entitled Societal benetifs of modern poultry meat production in Germany and the EU – An economic and environmental analysis and authored by Harald von Witzke (HFFA e. V.), Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst (WING, Vechta University) and Steffen Noleppa (HFFA Research GmbH).

The study analyses the benefits of modern poultry meat production to society at large by quantifying the opportunity costs of moving to alternative methods referred to in the pertinent literature as extensive and ecological. The results demonstrate that the economic and environmental benefits of conventional modern poultry meat production are huge.

Please click here to access the English version of the study:

pdficon_small Societal benetifs of modern poultry meat production in Germany and the EU. An economic and environmental analysis// Harald von Witzke, Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst und Steffen Noleppa// 2017

If you want to read the German version of this study which we released earlier this year please follow this link:

pdficon_small Der gesamtgesellschaftliche Nutzen moderner Geflügelfleischerzeugung in Deutschland und der Europäischer Union. Eine Analyse ökonomischer und ökologischer Effekte // Harald von Witzke, Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst und Steffen Noleppa// 2017

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Research Paper on the economic and environmental effects of Metazachlor published

We just published our newest HFFA Research Paper which assesses the economic and environmental effects of applying Metazachlor in the European oilseed rape production. The study highlights a number of benefits arising from this fungicide quantified for the overall EU and selected member states.

pdficon_small The value of applying Metazachlor in EU oilseed rape production: An assessment of effects on selected economic and environmental indicators // HFFA Research GmbH (corresponding author: Steffen Noleppa) // 2017

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The hidden danger in food and feed: The Andersons Centre in cooperation with the HFFA Research GmbH published a report on mycotoxins

The report highlights that it is crucial to put in place science-based measures and policies to decrease one important and emerging danger in food and feed: mycotoxins. These are toxins produced by fungi infesting plants and they pose a danger to human and animal health. In recent years, mycotoxins have consistently been one of the top three causes of food and feed safety alerts in the European Union. However, contrary to expert knowledge public perception is different: As mycotoxins are natural food contaminants, they are not considered a real danger. Graham Redman (The Andersons Centre) and Steffen Noleppa (HFFA Research GmbH) underline that mycotoxins are likely to become a greater issue for food and feed safety in the future as forecasts suggest that climate change and other drivers will further contribute towards the risk of mycotoxin build-up in, for instance, maize and wheat.

Thus, mycotoxins have and will have significant impacts on farmers’ management practices and profitability. Furthermore, they incur costs for the overall society as the toxins can deteriorate agricultural productivity and food quality and may cause severe health problems.

pdficon_small Mycotoxins – The hidden danger in food and feed // Graham Redman and Steffen Noleppa// 2017

Please click here to access a Report Summary and acquire more information on The Andersons Centre.

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Tax on pesticides: A rational assessment and analysis of economic impacts in Germany

We just released a study assessing a tax on pesticides, which was suggested by authors from the environmental research centre in Leipzig (UFZ). The new HFFA Research Paper was written by Prof Oliver Mußhoff from University Göttingen.

The methodology follows an objective and rational assessment of the UFZ-proposed pesticide tax and thus identifies inadequacies of the aforementioned. Furthermore, the economic impact of an introduction of such a pesticide tax in Germany will be evaluated for single farms as well as the sectoral and overall economy.

Please klick here to access the study written in German.

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EU environmental standards: New HFFA Research Paper explores the associated costs for the German agricultural sector

A key aspect of the debate over the future of EU’s Common Agricultural Policy are public goods delivered by the agricultural sector. For a long time, German and European farmers adhere to a large number of European environmental standards and other regulations such as the Water Framework and Nitrates Directive. The costs associated with these and other standards are analysed in a new study commissioned by the German Farmers’ Association (DBV – Deutscher Bauernverband) and written by Prof Helmut Karl (University of Bochum) and Dr Steffen Noleppa (Managing Director HFFA Research GmbH).

Please follow this link to access the entire study, executive summary and other supplementary material (German only): http://www.bauernverband.de/studie-kosten-landwirtschaft

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Chapter contribution to the book “Creating Sustainable Bioeconomies – The bioscience revolution in Europe and Africa “

Harald von Witzke, advisory board member at agripol, and Steffen Noleppa, managing director of HFFA Research GmbH, have contributed a chapter to the recently published book “Creating Sustainable Bioeconomies – The bioscience revolution in Europe and Africa “

The collective volume offers a multidimensional analysis of the changing conditions in agricultural production and their impact on the environment and global markets for bio-resources. Above all, the book presents a wide array of research tackling the challenge of meeting rising global demand for agricultural goods without compromising the production environment for future generations.

The article by von Witzke and Noleppa is titled “A European perspective – The case for a highly productive and innovative agriculture in Europe“ and outlines the importance of productivity growth for the European agricultural sector and its contribution to sustainable food security in the globalized world. Analyzing the economic effects, the authors illustrate the challenge of stagnating efficiency in agricultural production in an environment where, on the one hand, additional arable land is increasingly scarce and input factors continue to become more expensive, while, on the other hand, gains in population and standards of living result in a worldwide increase in demand for food. Looking at environmental effects, the positive impact of increasing productivity in agricultural production on climate and biodiversity is stated: If existing agricultural land delivers higher net yields, additional acreage must be expanded less intensively and natural habitats can be preserved.

More information can be found here.

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Sustainable agriculture in Saudi Arabia: Developing an effective implementation strategy with national decision-makers

HFFA Research GmbH signed a contract with GIZ International Services acting on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We will provide comprehensive advice on how to implement an agricultural policy strategy which emphasizes sustainable agricultural development and, in particular, organic farming. The project will last several months and conclude with an implementation strategy.

For more information please visit http://www.saudi-organic.org.sa/.

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Viet Nam’s UPOV membership boosted its plant breeding sector during the last decade

Our newest HFFA Research Paper explores the socio-economic benefits of being a member of the Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) for Viet Nam. Since joining the UPOV, the country achieved many advances in the development of new plant varieties. These have brought large success to the country’s agriculture and thus farmers’ livelihoods.

For a brief summary of this ex-post assessment please download the Executive Summary:

pdficon_small Executive Summary. The socio-economic benefits of UPOV membership in Viet Nam. An ex-post assessment on plant breeding and agricultural productivity after ten years // Steffen Noleppa // 2017

The complete HFFA Research Paper can be accessed here:

pdficon_small The socio-economic benefits of UPOV membership in Viet Nam. An ex-post assessment on plant breeding and agricultural productivity after ten years // Steffen Noleppa // 2017


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Newly updated HFFA Research study “Societal benefits of plant protection in Germany” now available

The newly updated HFFA Research study on various benefits of plant protection in Germany is now available with detailed information and data on economic, social and environmental effects. A summary of the study was made available by the Industrieverband Agrar (IVA) already in January 2017 (see news post below).

The study is available for download here:

pdficon_small Der gesamtgesellschaftliche Nutzen von Pflanzenschutz in Deutschland. Ein Update und eine Erweiterung zu vorherigen Studienergebnissen // Steffen Noleppa // 2017

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