About: soil

Agrifood 01-10-2021

Agrifood Brief: Disin-gene-uous business?

Between petrol panic, driver shortages, and warnings that Christmas could be in jeopardy, there has been no lack of bad press tied to the UK’s departure from the EU this week.
Energy 18-05-2021

French Senate calls for more ambitious policy to curb urban sprawl

As French senators prepare to examine the country's climate and resilience bill, members of the Senate's Economic Affairs Committee published a report on Wednesday (12 May), calling for a more ambitious policy to achieve a net-zero goal on land artificialisation. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 12-05-2021

A legal framework for soil protection is not in Commission’s pipeline

The European Commission on Wednesday (12 May) announced a set of measures to tackle soil pollution in the pipeline but without envisaging a dedicated and legally binding framework.
Agrifood 23-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Black gold

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 12-02-2021

Agrifood Brief: The apple of EU discord

In a recently published Parliament survey, agriculture, food and fisheries have emerged as a major area of disagreement between Brussels and the EU capitals.
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.
Agrifood 04-12-2019

EU agency: Greening of the EU main farm policy not delivered yet

Policies aimed at integrating environment and climate concerns into Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy have not delivered, according to a report released by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Climate change 12-07-2018

Soil ‘completely underestimated’ in EU climate strategy

While climate change takes a toll on agriculture and land use contributes to warming the planet, soils still find little attention from policymakers in their climate strategies.
Agrifood 13-09-2017

Third of Earth’s soil is acutely degraded due to agriculture

A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24 billion tonnes a year, according to a new United Nations-backed study that calls for a shift away from destructively intensive agriculture. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Agrifood 20-01-2017

Organic farmers call for sustainability-driven CAP payments

The EU Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU) yesterday (19 January) sent a letter to EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan, calling for a “fundamentally new approach” to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Trade & Society 16-07-2012

Bütikofer: ‘Industrial policy must be sustainable’

A new industrial policy strategy for Europe needs to be sustainable German Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer says. New policy instruments such as a soil directive should be adopted, he argues.

Brussels to draw up ‘chemical map’ of EU land

The European Commission's in-house research body is currently analysing thousands of soil samples from across Europe to draw up a "chemical content map" of EU land.
Climate change 16-03-2010

Commission holds on to soil protection law

Amid resistance from EU ministers, Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik has defended an EU directive on soil by claiming that national policies are not delivering and land management increasingly affects cross-border issues like climate change, biodiversity and water pollution.

Commission forced to scale down soil law

Following years of negotiations, five EU member states still form a blocking minority on the European Commission's proposal for a directive on soil protection, leaving some to wonder whether the EU executive should reconsider its approach to addressing this environmental issue.
Agrifood 12-03-2009

Europe and global food security [Archived]

As the world's population approaches ten billion, issues like climate change, growing scarcity of oil and availability of quality land and water are challenging the planet's capacity to produce enough food for everyone - a paradigm shift that could potentially pave the way for a new global 'food crunch'.
Climate change 23-07-2008

Commission urges solution to soil degradation

Officials from various environmental departments and organisations are calling for stalled environmental legislation on the proposed Soil Directive to be put into law by March 2009.
Development Policy 13-06-2008

Commission hopes to revive blocked EU soil law

Soils are crucial for storing CO2 and must be protected as part of the fight against climate change, according to the Commission, which wants to breathe new life into a proposed framework directive on soil protection that was rejected by a small group of member states last December.
Climate change 21-12-2007

EU soil protection law blocked by UK, France and Germany

EU Environment ministers were unable to reach a political agreement on a controversial proposal for a soil framework directive yesterday (20 December) due to a small blocking minority led by three of the EU's largest member states. 
Climate change 15-11-2007

Parliament approves soil strategy despite calls for its dismissal

Overriding a motion by 225 MEPs who argued that there should be 'no rush' to legislate on soil protection, the Parliament has voted in favour of a proposed EU soil protection law that grants considerable flexibility to member states. 
Climate change 24-10-2007

Pesticides: Parliament tough on substances, more lenient on use

Parliament has voted to expand the scope of substances banned from use in EU pesticide production. But tough restrictions on the use of pesticides, as proposed by Green MEPs, were endorsed only partially.
Climate change 10-10-2007

MEPs approve contested soil strategy

Ahead of a November plenary vote, MEPs in the Parliament's Environment Committee voted on 9 October in favour of a Commission proposal that gives member states considerable room for manouevre on soil protection.
Climate change 14-09-2007

MEPs struggle to define approach to soil, air quality

In preparation for November plenary votes, the Parliament's Environment Committee debated proposals to improve EU soil and air quality on 11 September. MEPs' opinions differed considerably on acceptable air pollution levels and on the strictness of soil improvement rules.
Climate change 02-05-2007

EU states drag feet on environmental-liability law

As the deadline for transposition closed on 30 April 2007, Italy, Lithuania and Latvia were the only member states to have transposed the Environmental Liability Directive into national law. The Commission may consider legal action against the remaining countries.