About: soil health

Agrifood 31-01-2022

Sixty-eight countries commit to carbon capture, soil protection

A total of 68 countries agreed to contribute to climate protection and biodiversity conservation by protecting agricultural soils at last week's World Conference of agriculture ministers in Berlin. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 23-12-2021

Boosting climate smart agriculture through access to ripping technology

With soil health high on the policy agenda, EURACTIV took a look at how advances in tractor technology can help boost climate-smart agriculture and promote no-till agriculture through the lens of a project in East Africa.
Agrifood 08-12-2021

Safety vs. sovereignty: Stakeholders split over increasing imports of ‘cleaner’ phosphates

Stakeholders are calling on the European Commission to stop prioritising home-grown phosphates high in cancer-causing cadmium over imports of cleaner products from non-EU countries, but others warn that this risks sacrificing EU autonomy.
Agrifood 29-11-2021

EU earmarks €320 million for soil health research to contribute to carbon removal

The European Union is stepping up efforts on soil health research with the announcement of a new Horizon Europe mission, which will also provide key funding for the promotion of carbon farming.
Agrifood 17-11-2021

Soils to receive same legal status as air, water in first EU-wide soil health law

The European Union's soil strategy has outlined plans for a soil health law by 2023 to bring soil on the same legal footing as air and water, and EU lawmakers have warned this must be a hard deadline.
Agrifood 17-11-2020

Plant biodiversity suffers without livestock grazing, says expert

On the back of a recent European Commission-funded report which called for nuance in the livestock vs environment debate, EURACTIV took a look at the importance of EU grasslands and the role of livestock in maintaining them.
Agrifood 16-07-2020

No-till farming: traditional ideas with new technologies to tackle current challenges

With soil health high on the EU policy agenda, EURACTIV spoke with US-based farmer Trey Hill, whose innovative approach to farming explores the potential of no-till agriculture, a practice that can contribute to the EU’s sustainability goals although some dismiss it as "technologically backward".
Agrifood 02-07-2020

EU should do more on agrodiversity, Commissioner warns

Diversifying food production is key to strengthening the resilience of European agriculture and creating realistic business models for farmers in the coming years, according to EU's agri-boss Janusz Wojciechowski.
Agrifood 30-01-2020

New tool for assessing soil health could help link payments with ecosystem services

A UK farming technology company has teamed up with leading space industry engineers and soil biologists to create a new tool to accurately assess biodiversity and soil health on farms.