The first continent-wide assessment of the chemical properties of EU soils reveals high levels of phosphorus in agricultural soils.
Soil is the very basis for the food we grow as well as for the production of feed, textiles, wood and other materials. It provides us with clean water, hosts biodiversity, recycles nutrients, regulates climate and is part of our landscapes and cultural heritage. Soil is important for our well-being and the balance of ecosystems in our planet.
At a hearing held at the European Parliament on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Guillaume Cros (FR/PES), Vice-President of the Occitan Region and European Committee of the Regions rapporteur on the CAP, pointed out that according to the Court of Auditors report of 20 November, environmental aspects are not given sufficient weight among the many challenges to the future CAP that have been identified. The Committee of the Regions’ recommendations also match the aims of the Green Deal announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Reducing food loss and waste is an important target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as a means to achieve other SDG targets, in particular relating to food security, nutrition and environmental sustainability.
Considering the impact on soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity is important when assessing the environmental footprint of dairy products, suggests a new study, which explored the impacts of organic and conventional milk production in three types of system established in Western Europe. The study found that organic milk production had a significantly lower impact on ecotoxicity and biodiversity than conventional milk production, and suggests that including soil carbon changes in the assessment would result in greater reductions in the carbon footprint of organic, rather than conventional, milk — in some cases by up to 18%.
Hosted by MEP Elsi Katainen & Whole Grain Initiative, the high-level meeting will consist of an interactive panel discussion moderated by Sue Saville, a highly-experienced journalist specialised in health and well-being. A networking reception will follow the moderated discussion.
Sustainable organic food systems can provide food for the world. How to facilitate the transfer of the current system into as sustainable organic food system by ensuring organic integrity is the task of this workshop.
Join a debate on the role of international trade in the promotion of resilience and sustainability in the agricultural sector. We invited government officials and representatives of international organizations, the private sector and civil society to discuss the importance of trade for the future of agriculture from a local to a global perspective.