Re-using open agriculture data supports food quality, organic farming and reduces food waste
Insights into a high-prioritised area
Not all Open Data has the same potential for re-use. The European Data Portal provides thirteen data categories of which one is agriculture. The ever-increasing climate change has an enormous impact on flora and fauna. This results in constantly increasing heat waves during heavy rainfall at the same time. These extreme weather conditions are very difficult for the agricultural industry to handle. To pay more attention to this topic, datasets and use cases from the agricultural sector from the European Data Portal exemplify the value of re-using Open Data to address current and future challenges in agriculture.
Impact of organic farming
The European Data Portal offers 18,095 datasets related to agriculture. The topics are ranging from supply balance statistics for oats, barley and wheat in Ireland, to the production of fish eggs for human consumption from aquaculture as well as milk and milk product statistics from Belgium. In addition to food-related issues, a lot of topics are dealing with thematic fields around wood, for instance by providing information about sawmills or wood production or land use, for example with soil data from agricultural land which has a huge impact in organic agriculture. Consisting of soil data for 64 field sites, the latter dataset provides data from measuring aggregate stability, organic matter content, soil shear strength and fuel consumption. Another resource of impactful Open Data is the SCALE project that addresses the clustering of bio-farms and the variation of environmental and cultural impacts of organic farming, driven by neighborhood effects at different levels.
Open Data uses cases in agriculture
Eleven examples of Open Data use cases on the European Data Portal focus on agriculture. One example is the FruitWatcher application, established in Spain, enabling users to monitor fruit transport conditions. Another use case, the application and platform Saving Food 2.0, provides an innovative tool for managing food in order to avoid food waste. This application works by creating an online network community to have access to useful information about available surplus food to empower the users to become part of this sustainable food waste solution.
To gain more information about environment data, explore the European Data Portal.