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Agriculture is a vital pillar of Europe’s rural economies, providing jobs and supporting rural communities.
Many rural areas suffer from high levels of unemployment and lack vital infrastructure like high-speed internet and transport connections: the EU’s rural residents are up to twice as likely as city-dwellers to experience poverty or social exclusion.
Spain is home to almost one million agricultural and livestock businesses, covering 30 million hectares of land and employing some 750,000 people.
Europe’s agri-food industry provides 46 million jobs in 15 million businesses, accounting for 6% of the EU’s GDP.
Today, organic farming plays an increasingly bigger role on the world’s agricultural stage.
In the European Union, the use of organic agricultural land has almost doubled in recent years.
In 2012, agriculture was responsible for over 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. Meat production is a significant factor.
SPECIAL REPORT / Global population is expected to rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to UN projections. Food production will have to double to meet nutritional needs.
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