The changing climate: Italian agriculture, from intended victim to protagonist

Last 27 April, a few days before the opening of EXPO 2015, the Italian agricultural and forestry scientific community, gathered at a crowded meeting in the Georgofili Academy, committed to designing innovative solutions on how to adapt agriculture to climate and environmental changes and how to contribute towards an effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. New means have been suggested to examine farmers’ real perceptions of the changes already underway and how to plan a new participatory approach to the problems of a very near future. Research is undoubtedly a crucial hub for the planning and implementation of any effective policy to adapt to and mitigate global changes. New ideas and solutions are needed to prevent or reduce the probable impacts of climate change and to devise strategies that reduce net emissions of greenhouse gas and pollutants.