DiverIMPACTS partners from APCA - French Chambers of Agriculture, France have published the latest practice abstract explaining how increasing exchanges between farmers can enhance crop diversification. Authors Emmanuel Mérot, Maurice Miara, and Jérémy Berthomier, studied 11 exchanges between grain and livestock farmers to see if sustainability (in economic, social and environmental dimensions) showed improvements.
Results are in, and both arable and livestock farm systems sustainability dimensions improved! Moreover, in 8 out of 11 cases, these exchanges helped to enhance crop diversification. Livestock farmers can use protein crops produced by local grain farmers, thus offering a local outlet for enhancing crop diversification in arable systems.