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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
In the Amazon, large-scale agriculture is reducing rainfall volumes and fueling surface warming. Photo: Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Amazon agricultural boom is speeding up climate change

Researchers' alarm: large-scale cultivation in the Amazon causes a decrease in rainfall and an increase in temperatures.
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
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Glyphosate-treated soils say goodbye to invertebrates

A research from Mexico: the use of the controversial pesticide reduces the concentration of macroinvertebrates thus depriving the soil of their ecosystem services.
The request by MEPs comes in response to a troubling picture: as of today, EU land in poor condition accounts for at least 60 percent of total arable land. Photo: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP". (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Photo: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP". (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

EU lawmakers call for Soil Directive

The Environment Committee of the Europarliament calls for a soil directive. Now it's up to the EU Commission. But time is running out
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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"
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“Plastic in soils, why the EU Commission has not yet raised this issue?”

The European Circular Bioeconomy Policy Initiative accuses the EU Commission of neglecting the issue of plastic contamination in the soil. The proposal: allowing the use of only certified compostable bioplastic. Italy indicated as an example to imitate

Goodbye phosphorus: how soil degradation is taking a key element away from agriculture

Swiss study: soil degradation accounts for 50% of agricultural phosphorus losses. With huge damage to crops. Global alert and uncertain future at the horizon
Adding rice husk to soil helps reduce arsenic and cadmium contamination in plants. Photo: WorldFish Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)WorldFish Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Rice husk residue provides a sustainable solution to contaminated plants and soils

Delaware University: the addition of rice husk prevents plant contamination thus protecting the health of billions of people