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US compost industry could get $2 bn brand new government funds

A bill seeks to unlock $200 million federal funds per year for 10 years to support compost producers in the United States.
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.
An app developed in Ireland provides a multi-level soil diagnosis. Photo: Pxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCAPxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCA

How’s your soil doing? Ask this Irish app

The app allows you to analyze the health of your soil and suggests how to manage it. An example of technology applied to soil protection.
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
According to ECB, the failure to prevent climate risk could cost the European economy a 20% loss of GDP by the end of the century. Photo:, public, public domain

Twin crises climate & biodiversity loss may cost tens of billions a year

Environmental damages impact on the European economy. EU Funds are at risk: "Just 11% of them are truly green".
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
circular bioeconomy, waste recycling green economy

The post-pandemic crisis does not scare the European bioeconomy

The 7th report "Bioeconomy in Europe" by Intesa San Paolo: the total turnover in 2020 is worth 320 billion, with 2 million employees.
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