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Aaron Scheid

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Aaron Scheid works as a Fellow for the Ecologic Institute. His areas of expertise are agricultural policy and land use, with a focus on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), carbon farming and nature-based solutions. Aaron Scheid works in English and German.

At Ecologic Institute, Aaron Scheid leads a study on alternatives for synthetic chemical pesticide use for Friends of the Earth/BUND. He also contributes to the projects "Capacity Building for Ambitious Climate Action in the Agri-food Sector in Central Eastern Europe, Peatland Rewetting in Nitrogene-Contaminated Environments" (PRINCESS), "Pay as You Eat Meat – A European strategy to internalize the external costs of meat" and supports the Directorate-General for Climate Action in analysing stakeholder feedback to the Call for Evidence, in preparation of an impact assessment on options for the certification of carbon removals. Additionally, he contributes to the Horizon 2020 projects "A European-wide Network of Pilot Farmers for a Carbon Neutral Europe" (Climate Farm Demo) and "Sustainable Plant Protection Transition: A global health approach" (SPRINT).

Before joining Ecologic Institute, Aaron Scheid worked as a research assistant for a member of the German Parliament, focusing on policies related to agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the time period from 2018 until 2021. His work was dedicated mainly to the committee for food and agriculture.

Aaron Scheid has completed a master's degree in Global Change Management at the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE). He wrote his thesis on small scale farmers' adaptation measures to fuelwood scarcity in central Tanzania in cooperation with the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF).

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Selected publications by Aaron Scheid
 
Cover of the report "Carbon farming co-benefits. Approaches to enhance and safeguard biodiversity"

© Ecologic Institute

On 19 December 2022, at the COP15 in Montreal, 196 countries historically agreed on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which sets global biodiversity targets to stop and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. In coherence with the proclaimed UN decade for... Read more

Scheid, Aaron et al. 2023: Carbon farming co-benefits: Approaches to enhance and safeguard biodiversity. Berlin, Brussels: Ecologic Institute, IEEP.

 
Cover of the report "Role of soils in climate change mitigation"

© German Environment Agency

This report examines the mitigation potential of climate friendly soil management practices at global, EU and German level, along with key management measures, their co-benefits and trade-offs, and implementation challenges. Globally, soils store two to three times... Read more

Frelih-Larsen, Ana et al. 2022: Role of soils in climate change mitigation. Interim Report. Climate Change 56/2022. German Environment Agency: Dessau-Roßlau.

 
Cover of the fact sheet "Low input grasslands / set-aside areas"

© German Environment Agency

Scheid, Aaron et al. 2022: Low input grasslands / set-aside areas. Factsheet. German Environment Agency: Dessau-Roßlau. ... Read more

Scheid, Aaron et al. 2022: Low input grasslands / set-aside areas. Factsheet. German Environment Agency: Dessau-Roßlau.

 
1st page of the fact sheet "Prevention of land take"

© German Environment Agency

Scheid, Aaron et al. 2022: Prevention of land take. Factsheet. German Environment Agency: Dessau-Roßlau. ... Read more

Scheid, Aaron et al. 2022: Prevention of land take. Factsheet. German Environment Agency: Dessau-Roßlau.

 
Cover of the study "Alternativen zu chemisch-synthetischen Pestiziden in der Landwirtschaft. Zusammenfassung und Überblick zum aktuellen wissenschaftlichen Stand", with logo of BUND. Background image: Cornflower in a grain field

© Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND) – Friends of the Earth Germany

What are the alternatives to the use of fungicides, herbicides and insecticides? What potential do they have, and what are the preconditions for their use? Which farming measures minimize weed and parasite infestations? What can be used to attract beneficial insects?... Read more

Scheid, Aaron; May Hobeika; Antonia Riedel 2022: Alternativen zu chemisch-synthetischen Pestiziden in der Landwirtschaft. Zusammenfassung und Überblick zum aktuellen wissenschaftlichen Stand. Berlin: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND)

 
Cover of the Think2030 policy brief "Towards a Transformative Sustainable Food System Legislative Framework"

© Think Sustainable Europe

This Think 2030 policy brief proceeds in five parts. Section 1 defines what a sustainable agri-food system should look like according to the scientific literature and how an Sustainable Food System (SFS) law could bring EU food systems more in line with the evidence.... Read more

Baldock, David et al. 2022: Towards a Transformative Sustainable Food System Legislative Framework. Think2030 Policy Brief.

 
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copyright: IOP Science

In Tanzania, the majority of the rural population still relies on fuelwood as their major source of cooking energy. The adaptation measures of small-scale farmers in response to increasing fuelwood scarcity play a key role in altering the course of nutrition insecurity,... Read more

A Scheid et al 2018 Environ. Res. Lett. 13 095004

 
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© 2019 Scheid, Hafner, Hoffmann, Kächele, Uckert, Sieber and Rybak.

About 3 billion people worldwide depend on fuelwood to meet their domestic energy needs. Almost 90% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa use fuelwood-based forms of energy. However, its use is often unsustainable and is one driver of environmental degradation. In... Read more

Scheid A, Hafner JM, Hoffmann H, Kächele H, Uckert G, Sieber S and Rybak C (2019) Adapting to Fuelwood Scarcity: The Farmers' Perspective. Front. Sustain. Food Syst. 3:28. doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2019.00028

Selected events by Aaron Scheid
 

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Insect mortality, loss of biodiversity in the agricultural landscape, but also pesticide residues in food? Surely no one wants that. As well as pesticides or their degradation products in the soil, water and air. Nevertheless, around 30,000 metric tons of pesticides are... Read more

Digital Event:Alternatives to Synthetic Chemical Pesticides in Agriculture

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Selected presentations by Aaron Scheid
 

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Diverse crop rotation, mechanical weed control, beneficial insects to protect crops: According to a study commissioned by BUND, standard practice in organic farming could also be used more often by conventional farmers. Aaron Scheid from the Ecologic Institute and... Read more

Interview:Alternatives to Pesticides also Exist for Conventional Agriculture

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Deutschlandfunk, Germany