On Tuesday 20 June, Hein ten Berge and Jaap Schröder will present the results of their research into the protection and management of European agricultural areas to the European Parliament.
European land is faced with a range of threats, such as erosion, loss of organic matter and compaction. Negative influences on soil have knock-on effects on its suitability as a basis for sustainable agriculture. These influences are affecting soil right now, and their potential to extend into the future has made the ‘soil problem’ a top priority for the EU.
Wageningen University & Research has been requested to conduct research into the problem. Hein ten Berge and Jaap Schröder will present the research report to the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on Tuesday 20 June.
Alongside outlining the aspects that threaten soil in Europe, the report suggests effective soil-management measures and incentives for sustainable soil-management policies that aim to minimise these threats.
The report can be consulted on the European Parliament's website. This also details the agenda of the two-day meeting (19 and 20 June) of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.