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EIP-AGRI MINI PAPER 4: Industrial crops for marginal and contaminated lands and for intermediate crops and intercropping strategies

The cultivation of industrial crops is generally promoted and supported for non-food purposes on marginal and contaminated lands. Most of these crops are used to produce a number of value added bio-products as well as bioenergy, thus contributing to the biobased economy. The EIP-AGRI Focus Group on Sustainable industrial crops discussed possibilities of enchance the industrial crop area in Europe based on knowledge and practices developed for each plants so far. Among the many examples, the MISCOMAR and MISCOMAR + projects were also presented.

EIP-AGRI Focus Group Sustainable industrial crops: Final report

This report is the result of the EIP-AGRI Focus Group (FG) on Sustainable industrial crops, which was launched under the European Innovation Partnership Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI). The Focus Group brought together 18 experts with different backgrounds and experiences – farmers, researchers, advisers, environmental groups, agri-businesses. The main question guiding the discussions was: how can industrial crops contribute to new market opportunities, business models and sustainable farming systems which create value for farmers in the EU, while not replacing food production.