Raising Bio-Based Industrial Feedstock in Marginal Lands
In 2020, a report from the EU’s Joint Research Centre highlight that 60-70% of all soils are unhealthy in Europe due to land management practices, pollution, intensive agriculture, urbanization, and the effects of climate change. As a result of these factors and other biophysical constraints that limit agricultural productivity, almost 30% of the European Union is classified as ‘marginal agricultural land’, or in other words land that is of little agricultural or developmental value because crops cultivated on the land are worth less than any rents paid to access the area. Left neglected, these lands continue to degrade, in turn leading to more biodiversity loss and ecosystem damage, leaving the land and surrounding ecosystems more vulnerable to climate change impacts, including desertification.
MarginUp! is developing sustainable and circular value chains to produce bio–products and biofuels from natural raw materials grown on marginal lands. By introducing climate resilient and biodiversity-friendly non-food crops on marginal and low-productivity lands, MarginUp! will increase farming system resilience, enhance biodiversity, and promote stakeholder participation.
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