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Environmental Studies Factsheet: 02. Energy efficiency of food production systems

  • Environmental Studies Factsheet: 02. Energy efficiency of food production systems

Environmental Studies Factsheet: 02. Energy efficiency of food production systems

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    Introduction

    Economic: Farmers have to be able to make a profit. Thus, the cost of their inputs must be less than the money they receive from selling their outputs – the products. But in most countries, the farmer cannot control the cost of the inputs or the price that they receive for their outputs.In the UK, farmers have protested in recent years about the cost of diesel, which itself is influenced by the price of oil which, in turn, is influenced by events in the Arab countries that possess huge stocks. Thus, war in the Middle East may result in farms being sold in Cumbria. Throughout Europe, the most significant economic impact on agriculture is the level of government support through subsidies and direct payments. One of the reasons that organic farming is increasing throughout Europe is that the European Union provides financial help to farmers converting from intensive to organic production.