Sustainable Food and Agricultural Industry in Denmark




Sustainability - Producing more with less in the Danish food cluster

Denmark is a global role model for sustainable agriculture and food production and innovation. Across the food value chain, collaborative efforts aim for the most efficient use of natural resources – with a strong focus on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our innovative and knowledge-intensive food sector is built on our tradition for collaboration between companies, authorities and research institutes.

Ever since Danish consumers started the first wave of environmentally friendly consumption in the 1960s, Danish food production has led the world in making products with minimal pollution, high resource efficiency and a small carbon footprint. This is something we constantly strive to do better, and since 1990 the Danish agricultural sector has succeeded in both producing more and polluting less.

The Danish food cluster is home to one of the most sustainable and least polluting productions in the world

Through the steady refinement of production techniques, Danish farmers have learned to make the most of the relatively small area of agricultural land available to them. Across generations, they have made a virtue of maximising and recirculating resources to the benefit of nature and the environment.

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Climate efficient production – a Danish characteristic

The high level of commitment towards agricultural sustainability in the Danish food cluster, has made Denmark European frontrunners in several studies on sustainable food production.

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Through resourceful crop and livestock farming, we produce enough food to feed three times our own population. Denmark’s farmers are known for being among the most climate-efficient in the world – a position they aim to maintain while inspiring other countries to follow suit. Notable achievements include the fact that greenhouse gas emissions from Danish milk production are among the lowest per liter in Europe, and that we have the least amount of ammonia emissions in the European Union, which exhibits our commitment to sustainable agriculture.

Denmark has set ambitious goals to reduce CO2 emissions in every part of the value chain

Sustainable food production is a part of the Danish history

Denmark was the first country in the world to create a Ministry of Environment back in 1971, and we have a long history of public institutions working closely with companies and corporations in order to shape and develop the Danish way of production. Time and time again, Denmark has set ambitious goals to reduce CO2 emissions in every part of the value chain. The Danish government is committed to taking action through normative measures such as legislation, regulation and partnership agreements with stakeholders. Farmers have made similar commitments, ensuring their produce is harvested in the most environmentally sustainable way in order to meet their ambitious climate targets.

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Today, the Danish agriculture and food sector continue to invest in cross-sector partnerships that deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to global challenges. For international business partners, this gives access to an entire ecosystem of knowledge and innovative power.

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