Ecomondo's 2023 General Soil States were dedicated to sustainable carbon cycles. PHOTO: Re Soil Foundation

For sustainable carbon cycles we need to focus on nature-based solutions

Second edition of the General States of the Soil at Ecomondo in Rimini. Dozens of experts attended to discuss the best strategies capable of bringing organic carbon back into degraded soils and reducing CO2 in the atmosphere
Secondo la FAO la domanda globale di pellicole in plastica per uso agricolo raggiungerà quota 9,5 milioni di tonnellate nel 2030 contro i 6,1 milioni del 2018. Foto: Florian Gerlach Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Polyethylene mulches leave behind ‘negative effects for decades’

L’ampio utilizzo delle pellicole da pacciamatura nelle colture di fragole si traduce nella dispersione di micro e macro frammenti di plastica nel suolo. Un fenomeno, rivela uno studio californiano, i cui effetti possono manifestarsi per decenni
Fertilizers produced by processing human manure would be a viable and safe resource for crops, according to German research. Photo: Hafidz Alifuddin, Pexels Free to usePhoto: Hafidz Alifuddin, Pexels Free to use

Toilets may provide an alternative to chemical fertilizers

By recycling human manure it is possible to produce natural fertilizers that provide identical yields as chemical equivalents, a German research has found. No risk of drug contamination, the authors explain. But further studies are needed
Il compost è un fertilizzante naturale estremamente utile in agricoltura, che riduce l'uso dei prodotti chimici e valorizza la frazione umida dei rifiuti urbani (la cosiddetta FORSU). FOTO: Matteo Berlenga

Plastic, glass, metals: the “enemies” that dirty the compost

The alarm emerges from a series of video interviews with managers of composting plants carried out by the italian Biorepack consortium. Too high percentages of "foreign fractions" (up to 12%) make it more difficult and expensive to make compost. On the other hand, compostable, flexible and rigid bioplastics were promoted with flying colors: "very useful for increasing quantity and quality of the final product"
European soils are estimated to store 34 billion tons of carbon in the top 20 centimeters of depth. Photo: Jutta Benzenberg/World Bank Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Jutta Benzenberg/World Bank Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Soil and compost management can help Europe achieve climate neutrality

In Europe, 31.7 percent of total organic carbon stocks are found in agricultural soil. Some good practices, such as the use of compost, can increase carbon sequestration while encouraging yields, says a report by EU Parliament
High energy costs and China's export squeeze are pushing fertilizer prices to their highest levels since the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Photo: Cjp24 Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Cjp24 Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Soil tests revive as fertilizer prices skyrocket

Fertilizer costs at their highest peak in 12 years. Here is the chance to focus on preliminary soil analysis, a crucial tool to limit excessive and inefficient use of additives
Beer waste can help eliminate parasitic microorganisms in the soil promoting agricultural yield growth. Photo: CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attributionCC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution

Beer by-products are good for soil as crop yields increase 15%

Beer production leftovers can boost agricultural yields and soil health, Spanish researchers say. The circular solution can control parasitic invertebrates population and accelerate plant growth

Without the bioeconomy we will not be able to protect soil health

On Friday 1 October at 10 the Re Soil Foundation organizes a web conference as part of the PreCOP26 initiatives. Twelve internationally renowned experts will explain the role of the bioeconomy in safeguarding the quality of European soils.
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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.
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