Green transformation of Polish agriculture

Green transformation of Polish agriculture

Together with our partners, we have participated in the production of a publication on the global food and agriculture situation, climate-environmental challenges and new technologies and innovations in the agricultural and food production sector.

The publisher of the study ‘The Green Transformation of Polish Agriculture’ is the Institute for Market Economy Research, and the publication consists of nearly 30 diverse studies. This is the first such comprehensive attempt to understand the essence of the green transformation of agriculture in Poland – not only its climatic aspects, but also, no less importantly, its social and food security rationale.

The publisher has brought together some of Poland’s best experts and practitioners in the field of agriculture and rural development, as well as extremely important representatives of the business community, public administration and industry organisations in one title. Among the authors were

  • Janusz Wojciechowski, EU Commissioner for Agriculture
  • Andrzej Gantner, PhD, Director General of the Polish Federation of Food Manufacturers
  • Jerzy Plewa, PhD, Team Europe expert
  • Bartosz Urbaniak, BNP Paribas Head of Agro Banking for Central and Eastern Europe and Africa,
  • Jarosław Peczka, owner of BIO-GEN and co-owner of Bio-Lider
  • Zbigniew M. Karaczun, Department of Environmental Protection and Dendrology, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Climate Coalition Expert
  • Małgorzata Bojańczyk, Director of the Polish Sustainable Agriculture Association “ASAP”
  • Marek Łucyk, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Development
  • Adam Chyła, Head of Plant Nutrition Department PROCAM Poland

In our study, we emphasise that over the past several years Polish agriculture has managed to move from a model based on fragmented, low-technology farms to a formula in which the dominant role is played by thriving, modern, several dozen or even several hundred hectare agricultural enterprises. The popular stereotype, according to which the Polish farmer is usually an elderly, indigent and technologically backward person, which still had some basis a dozen years ago, should no longer shape our view today. We are now at the other end of the spectrum – those in farming are young, efficient and modern – and this is even in comparison with the European Union as a whole.

A second, equally important aspect to be considered in the context of the changing role of agriculture is the question of feeding the Earth’s growing population. A simple quantitative increase in cultivation is not an option here, it would be environmentally destructive and climate damaging. Rather, opportunities are to be found in technological innovation. The use of microbial preparations in plant growing offers the possibility of reducing the use of conventional chemicals or mineral fertilisers without a decrease in production efficiency.  However, modern legislation, open to technological innovations, is needed to effectively implement such solutions. The current situation requires us to take an open-minded approach to pioneering solutions.

The full publication is available on this page.