What do we see?
The amount of agricultural land and the way in which it is used has remained relatively stable over the last ten years. The vast majority of the land is used for the production of human food and animal feed. As the graph below illustrates, over half of this is used for the production of animal feed.
What’s the aim?
In a circular model, we want to ensure that agricultural production is organised based on the specific characteristics of the land in question. At the moment, this kind of location-based criteria only exists for livestock farming in order to limit the amount of nitrogen emissions.
We also aim to reduce the use of agricultural land for animal feed so that this land can instead be used for human food production or returned to its natural state. To achieve this, the production of animal feed in Flanders needs to be more efficient. What we definitely do not want to do is import animal feed from other countries as this would also have a significant impact on the environment.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator shows what the agricultural land in Flanders is used for. The data comes from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.