Highly intensive and specialized agriculture endangers the environment of the Baltic Sea. BERAS Implementation contributes to solve this problem through a systemic shift to Ecological Regenerative Agriculture. Guidelines developed by scientists and advisors provide expertise for Ecological Recycling Agriculture (ERA) to farmers and advisers as well as for the educational sector and decision makers.
Please visit ERA Guidelines page to read and download them
Farming for the Future – with a focus on the Baltic Sea Region
In this book Artur Granstedt, Ph.D. in Agronomics and Associate Professor at Södertörn University, Sweden, and Coordinator of BERAS, the Baltic Sea project at the University, describes how ecologically adapted farming based on local recycling and renewable energy sources can reduce the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea and even help to reduce global warming. Widespread conversion to organic farming methods would furthermore stop the spread of toxic chemicals on farmland, benefit biodiversity and stimulate social and economic development in rural areas in the Baltic Sea region. The book starts with a description of the ecosystems that support the health of the biosphere – terrestrial and marine, the climate, and global food production. Granstedt also gives a historical overview of agricultural practices, noting the various ways in which human activity alters the natural order of things and, if we are not mindful, can deplete the resources that support our existence. But he also gives examples of how we can turn negative trends to the better, how we can restore fertility to the soil and bring depleted land to bloom once again and produce nourishing food that can feed the world.
Artur Granstedt writes on the basis of decades of experience as an organic farmer, researcher, adviser and teacher of ecologically sustainable agriculture. The book reports the results of field trials and evaluations on farms in eight countries around the Baltic Sea that were conducted in the project, Baltic Ecological Regenerative Agriculture and Society (BERAS). This comprehensive project, which was supported in part by funding from the European Union, is now continuing in an implementation phase, focusing on how agriculture throughout the region can be converted to profitable and ecologically sustainable methods of production.
Updated appendix in Swedish
Conversion to Ecological Recycling Agriculture and Society – Environmental, economic and sociological assessments and scenarios
This report gathers the scientific results of the environmental, economic and sociological assessments and scenarios within the BERAS Implementation project. It includes theoretical frameworks, production models and evaluations of the conversion process based on a number of ERA case studies. Environmental impacts of farming systems, economic perspectives on conversion as well as policy recommendations for supporting a shift to ERA are presented.
Download the report here!
Nature Conservation in Organic Agriculture – a manual for arable organic farming in north-east Germany
In this manual, Sarah Fuchs and Karin Stein-Bachinger explain how wild animals and plants can be better protected during the production of food. The results were acquired within the framework of a long-term interdisciplinary research project (Nature Conservation Farm Brodowin). The contents were intensively discussed and agreed upon with experts recruited among farmers, advisers, authorities and scientists. The first part illustrates the habitats of legume-grass leys, grain crops and landscape elements with their ecological importance and introduces basic conservation strategies. The subsequent practical section contains brief and clear instructions for conservation of fauna and flora. 20 profiles of measures and 17 profiles of species help the farmer to decide on which fields it is worthwhile protecting certain species and what agricultural consequences they may have. Furthermore, concrete options for the optimization of nature conservation across the whole farm are explained with the aid of practical examples.
Sarah Fuchs is a graduate biologist. She works as a freelancer and in an office for ecological research in Brandenburg.
Karin Stein-Bachinger holds a Ph.D in Agronomy and is senior scientist at the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF e.V.), Müncheberg, Germany, She is the national coordinator of the BERAS Implementation project (Baltic Ecological Regenerative Agriculture and Society) and co-editor of the Guidelines for Ecological Recycling Agriculture.