Nurturing Hungary’s Soils: Understanding Soils in the Carpatian Basin, its Challenges and Possible Solutions

Over thousands of years, Hungary’s soils have been shaped by different geological forces, resulting in a diverse range of soil types. However, man-made compaction, erosion, and the demands of intensive agriculture are endangering Hungary’s soil quality and its biodiversity. Join us, as we explore Hungary’s soil landscape and possible solutions for sustainable soil management.

Transforming landscapes: Balancing tradition, agriculture, and nature on a Hungarian cattle farm

In the countryside of Hungary there is a story of resilience, adaptation and transformation – the story of Csaba Szabó and his farm. His journey began in the turbulent times of the economic crisis starting in 2008, when Csaba and Anett Szabó decided to seek an alternative path. They made the bold decision to buy a small farm and embarked on a journey that changed the course of their lives.

From Pond to Plate: Why Microalgae will become Mainstream

Agriculture, with its major impact from livestock breeding, makes up 28% of the total environmental impacts (WWF, 2022). Switzerland, renowned for its production of milk products as a source of protein is making its first step towards a vegan protein alternative. Research has recognized the yet untapped potential of microalgae cultivation as a solution to substitute protein that currently still derives from animal products (Nikolov, Soto-Sierra, & Stoykova, 2018). It is astonishing that the potential of algae as a protein source has already been detected by the Aztecs (Rana, Soni, & Sudhakar, 2017), but only recently became a topic of interest again due to the high impact traditional farming has on climate change (McGinn, Tibbetts, & Wang, 2021).

Können Spezialkulturen helfen die Klimaziele des Kantons Luzern zu erfüllen?

Um die Klimaziele von netto null bis im Jahr 2050 zu erreichen, sollen die Treibhausgasemissionen in der Landwirtschaft des Kantons Luzern um 50 % reduziert werden(1). Im Projekt «Offensive Spezialkulturen» werden 12 ausgewählte Kulturen geprüft, als Alternative für die Tierhaltung mit ihren hohen Treibhausgasemissionen(2). Mittels Interviews mit bereits produzierenden Betrieben wurden die Umweltauswirkungen der 12 Kulturen qualitativ abgeschätzt.