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      Protecting natural capital and biodiversity in the agri-food sector 

      Natural capital and biodiversity accounting in the Swedish agri-food sector

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      Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing
      NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection, NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / General, SCIENCE / Environmental Science (see also Chemistry / Environmental), BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Food Industry, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture, TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Agronomy / Crop Science, Agriculture, agribusiness and food production industries, Biodiversity, Conservation of wildlife and habitats, Sustainable agriculture, Agronomy and crop production, Agriculture & related industries, Biodiversity, Conservation of wildlife & habitats, Sustainable agriculture, Agronomy & crop production
      biodiversity accounting, agri-food sector, Sweden, natural capital, food production, agricultural production

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          This chapter describes how Swedish agri-food companies account for their impact on natural capital/ecosystem services and biodiversity. Sustainability reports or annual reports from 36 of the largest companies in the agri-food sector have been studied. Although most companies in the study have a more general attitude in their reports when discussing biodiversity, there seems to be an increased acknowledgement of the importance of biodiversity and nature’s contribution in the business community. No common regulations or guidelines for reporting of biodiversity, and lack of framework and a common definition, make it hard for companies to report in a uniform and comparable way.

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