Innovative agricultural practices could have a positive impact on Europe’s environmental future and the adoption of these methods by sustainability-conscious farmers is becoming increasingly common.
The European environment information and observation network (Eionet) spatial data sets include information about European river basin districts, river basin district sub-units, surface water bodies, groundwater bodies and monitoring sites.
Biomass is a renewable alternative to fossil fuels, but as a recently published JRC report has demonstrated, finding an equilibrium between the benefits and the possible negative impacts the increased use of biomass might have on the environment, is vital.
For the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to be a success, it is necessary to understand farmers’ decision-making and viewpoints beyond the assumptions made by neoclassical economics, because farmers’ motivations are not only driven by profit maximisation. In this context, a qualitative study (focus groups) was conducted to better understand farmers’ experience with the three CAP instruments designed to motivate them to adopt more environmentally-friendly practices: cross compliance, green direct payments (i.e., “greening”) and voluntary agri-environmental and climate measures. This report was published as an annex to the Impact Assessment accompanying the Proposals for a Regulation establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the Common agricultural policy (EUR-Lex – 52018SC0301).
Unlike fresh humus such as compost, stable humus makes a long-term contribution to soil fertility. It takes many years to form naturally – but now, for the first time, a manufactured granulate is available. The SME offering this product as an instant, lasting fix for tired soils is carrying out EU-funded research and development for its commercialisation.
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New rules easing access to the EU single market for fertilisers made from organic or recycled materials and setting limits for cadmium were green-lighted by Parliament on Wednesday.