"The industrialization of agriculture increased the crop yield, but more and more the negative side of this boom. 2.000 pesticides with 500 different chemical substances are used in the European Union. Which effects do they have on soil health?" The documentary about the research on pesticides of Wageningen University starts with this introduction. Violette Geissen and Esperanza Huerta, who works on the Diverfarming project, talk about pesticides and the negative impacts of it on the soil health.Watch this video here.
The 16th of October, 2018 is announced as World Food Day. Theme of this World Food Day is:
"Our actions are our future – a #zerohunger world by 2030 is possible".
As healthy soils are the basis for a sustainable food production, the iSQAPER consortium pays also attention to this theme by means of a photo story about soil health. The photo story, authored by Marjolein van Rijn (BothEnds), focusses on a field visit to Kasepuhan Karang. The story describes certain effects after state forest was transferred into customary land.
Assessment of promising agricultural management practices
A new article published has been published in "Science of The Total Environment" entitled: "Assessment of promising agricultural management practices". The article is about best Agriculture Management Practices (AMPs) and is part of the iSQAPER project. As stated in the abstract, the study focussed on specific aims:
1) map the current distribution of previously selected 18 promising AMPs in several pedo-climatic regions and farming systems located in ten and four study site areas (SSA) along Europe and China, respectively; and
2) identify the soil threats occurring in those areas. In each SSA, farmers using promising AMP's were identified and questionnaires were used to assess farmer's perception on soil threats significance in the area.
The article is open access and the authors are: Lúcia Barão, Abdallah Alaoui, Carla Ferreira, Gottlieb Basch, Gudrun Schwilch, Violette Geissen, Wijnand Sukkel, Julie Lemesle, Fuensanta Garcia-Orenes, Alicia Morugán-Coronado, Jorge Mataix-Solera, Costas Kosmas, Matjaž Glavan, Marina Pintar, Brigitta Tóth, Tamás Hermann, Olga Petruta Vizitiu, Jerzy Lipiec, Endla Reintam, Minggang Xu, Jiaying Di, Hongzhu Fan, Fei Wang