Agriculture, carbon farming and soil management are some of the issues covered by Fit for 55, the emission reduction plan adopted by the EU Commission. Photo: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredPxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

Soil and agriculture will play a crucial role in the EU plan “Fit for 55”

The Fit for 55 agenda also includes 'agriculture. The sector is contributing to climate change. But it offers more solutions than problems.
Pesticide use in U.S. is still much higher than in Europe. Photo: tpmartins Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)tpmartins Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Pesticides rule in U.S. farmland as 146,000 MT of banned chemicals are in place

American farmers still use many pesticides banned in Europe, thus damaging the soil. Now activists are raising their voices.
New York State has three million acres of farmland. PHOTO: New York State Senate Archives.

Climate-friendly agriculture: New York passes Soil Health Act

The New York State Senate passes the Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act. Objective is cutting the impact of agricultural practices on climate change by increasing adaptation and caring for the soil
There is a clear link between the development of sustainable agriculture and a healthy diet, FAO says. Photo: UGA CAES/Extension Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)UGA CAES/Extension Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sustainable agriculture is the leading way to a healthy diet, FAO says

Healthy diet is crucial for changing global trends. Food insecurity is affecting 155 mn people while obesity is growing in Southern Europe
Between 2014 and 2020 climate mitigation resources allocated to the CAP have been wasted, the EU Court of Auditors reports. Photo: Euseson Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Euseson Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

EU CAP didn’t help to tackle climate change despite €100 bn in 7 years, Court of Auditors says

ECA Report: between 2014 and 2020, more than a quarter of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) resorces were allocated for climate change mitigation. But greenhouse gas emissions have not decreased
FAO's "Keep soil alive!" mission initiatives include educational videos on soil conservation. Image: FAO, YoutubeFAO

A videogame style cartoon shows kids why soil can’t handle a game over

A videogame shaped cartoon called "Mission: Keep soil alive!" has been released by FAO to show why soil protection matters for everybody
Nitrogen is used in agriculture as the basic element of many fertilizers. It is an essential factor for plant growth but also a potential source of pollution. Photo: Adrian S. Pye Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)Adrian S. Pye Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Double-edged nitrogen is one more reason for a sustainable agriculture

How to manage nitrogen use to reduce environmental impact and protect soils. An Australian study provides guidance for firms and consumers
The circular strategy of recovering organic waste can help increase the fertility of Australian soils, which are among the driest in the world. Photo: denisbin Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0) denisbin Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

From waste to soil regeneration: Australia chooses the circular strategy

Circular waste management is the key for soil regeneration and and climate mitigation according to Australian government
The European Commission is considering the introduction of a carbon market to reward climate-friendly agricultural practices. Photo: Markus Winkler Pixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution requiredMarkus Winkler Pixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution required

EU Commission wants to reward farmers for their climate-friendly practices

Commission looks at new reward schemes for climate-friendly and sustainable farming practices with five sectors involved
Maurizio Martina FAO Agricoltura

Martina (FAO): “Produce better, consuming less. Agriculture must change model”

The FAO Deputy Director to Re Soil Foundation: "Sustainable land management is a turning point to ensure agricultural production and food sovereignty. I hope that the EU will soon change the directive on soils"