A United Nations panel met last week to discuss the progress of sustainable development for agriculture. The panel issued a warning that not enough was being done by the world’s governments to address agricultural sustainability, and it stressed the need for more political involvement.

UN experts called for an “evergreen revolution,” which would work to double agricultural productivity while reducing resource use and avoiding further biodiversity losses, the UN panel told the European Crop Protection Association.

As a result, the UK Crop Protection Association has urged EU leaders to recognize the critical role of plant science innovation in boosting crop yields, preventing harvest losses and enabling more efficient use of key resources such as land, energy and water.

CPA chief executive Dominic Dyer said this latest UN report should serve as a warning against complacency among EU decision-makers: “The EU-27 is one of the world’s major food producing economies, yet current policies on issues such as CAP reform, research investment and access to agricultural innovation do not reflect the pressing global need to produce more food."

The report of the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability ‘Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A future worth choosing’ is available online at www.un.org/gsp/report.