Research for AGRI Committee: preserving agricultural soils in the EU - Study

H.F.M. ten Berge, J.J. Schroder, Jørgen Eivind Olesen, J.V. Giraldez Cervera

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This study explains how threats to soils and soil services are linked to agricultural soil management, how threats can be mitigated, and which barriers complicate this. It highlights trade-offs and synergies that exist between different interests affected by soil management, such as climate change mitigation, water and air quality, biodiversity, food security and farm income. Conservation of peatland and extensive agro-forestry systems, and protecting soils against sealing, erosion and compaction are ranked as highest priorities. Potential policy elements are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherEuropean Parliament
Number of pages135
ISBN (Electronic)9789284609543
ISBN (Print)9789184609550
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • soil management
  • soil quality
  • european union
  • soil organic matter
  • biodiversity
  • agriculture
  • organic farming


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