European Environment Agency (EEA)

Circles of discovery


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The need to know more

Bruno Mendes does not own a car. Instead he travels mainly by public transport and rents from a car-share scheme when passenger services are impractical. He is very selective in his shopping, seeking labelled organic products where possible.

As a trainee at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research), Bruno has just completed a study into changes in Switzerland’s natural areas. This drew him into the challenges, conflicts and choices of land management and efforts to improve communication and understanding.

Bruno is particularly concerned about the impact of food production on the natural world. He therefore agreed to explore the issue further, meeting a farmer, a bird expert and representatives of a local supermarket to see how apple production and supply influence the three dimensions of biological diversity: genetic variety, species abundance and richness, and ecosystem composition and function.

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