HOW CAN LRF - THE FEDERATION OF SWEDISH FARMERS ACCELERATE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

This question is at the heart of ASAP and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned about LRF - The Federation of Swedish Farmers. There is a lot to say about their sustainability work and the content on this page is a selection made by the ASAP team. The aim is to provide some insights into the green industry, its challenges and opportunities and to focus on LRFs core business and role as a change agent for a sustainable society. In other words, how LRF uses their core competencies and resources to accelerate sustainable development. Want to learn more? Check out their own links at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!

Did you know?

  • Our industry is the green sector, forestry and agriculture. 
  • We have 140 000 members whereof 70 000 enterprises.  
  • We mostly operate in Sweden but we have one office in Brussels. 
  • The Swedish forests capture around 90 percent of the Swedish territorial carbon emissions. And in Sweden we have 330 000 private forest owners. 

 

TRENDS AND INSIGHTS AFFECTING THE GREEN INDUSTRY

Climate change is one of the most important issues for our world. Climate change knows no borders, everyone will be affected and all actors must take responsibility to limit the effects. The green sector, agriculture and forestry, contribute to greenhouse emissions. But the green sector is also a big part of the solution in order to create a sustainable world, in the way farmers produce food for a growing population and store carbon in forests and soil and offer climate-smart materials from the forest, an alternative to oil and plastic.

Variations in the climate affects the farmers firsthand. Farmers work with the planets natural resources and are depended on the soil, rain and sun. Extreme weather such as drought and soaking rain can destroy the harvest and livelihood for a farmer and effect the possibility to produce food.

Swedish farmers and foresters are among the best in the world when it comes to reducing carbon emission and limit the environmental impact in the production. But we want to be even better.
The green industry has a key role with respect to growth, profitability and attraction in the sustainable society.

LRF, The Federation of Swedish Farmers, organize business organisations for the green industry, farmers and foresters, with approximately 140 000 individual members and represent some 70 000 enterprises from the very north to the south of Sweden.

The origin of the food matters

People who know where the food comes from will make better decisions when they are in the grocery store or at a dinner table. As a consumer you can choose products with a lower environmental pressure. That means farmers can produce sustainable goods and keep the natural resources and ecosystem in good conditions. In Sweden we advocate country-of-origin labeling in order to raise awareness of where the food is produced.

Feeding a growing population

The population of the world is growing. In 2050 we will be 10 billion people on the planet. But the possibility of growing food is limited. That is why we need to nurse the natural resources and make sure we have a sustainable food system to feed the population and take care of our planet. 

Produce safe food in a responsible way
- how do you do it?

Sustainable food production practices is the core of Swedish farming. Farming practices are constantly evolving with the use of ecosystem services such as pollination, water regulation, and nutrient cycling to achieve a higher productivity and resilience in agricultural landscapes. In Sweden we have good conditions to produce a variation of crops and meat due to our climate and natural resources. It is a complex system that are tightly linked together. For example fertilizer from livestock is necessary in growing vegetables.

We need to use the land and natural resources in a responsible way to feed our population and to maintain a sustainable and efficient food system.

The world population is growing

The world population is growing. In 2050 we will be 10 billion people on the planet. But the possibility of growing food is limited. That is why we need to nurse the natural resources that we have and make sure we have a sustainable food system to feed the population and take care of our planet. The Swedish green sector will Sustainable food production practices is the core of Swedish farming. Farming practices are constantly evolving with the use of ecosystem services such as pollination, water regulation, and nutrient cycling to achieve a higher productivity and resilience in agricultural landscapes. The Swedish forestry is taking an important role in evolving new practices within bioeconomy, replacing unsustainible fuels, materials and services. The Swedish green sector, farmers and foresters, will play an active part in producing sustainable community, now and in the future.