Soil health becomes a legal matter

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Soil health

EBIC recently published an informative update about the new ‘Soil Monitoring Law’. This new European directive is expected to be adopted in the first quarter of 2024 and added to national legislation within the next two years.

Now the new year has started, we will keep an eye on updates of the directives being adopted.

What are the implications of this law?

As detailed in the EBIC article:

“The ultimate objective of the proposed Directive is to have all EU soils in healthy condition by 2050, in line with the EU Zero Pollution ambition.”

This will require monitoring and assessing soils and contributing to an EU-wide database for analysis. The resulting information can then be used to make more specific recommendations and implement requirements designed to boost soil regeneration. These could include techniques such as crop diversification or the implementation of digitised soil management tools.

Why is this important to us?

Soil health is an issue that affects us all. Soil degradation threatens food supplies, increases carbon emissions and increases the likelihood of flooding. Therefore, solutions to improve soil health are vital.

Biostimulants can be an effective solution by:

  • Improving root growth – which improves soil aeration and drainage, which reduces nutrient run off
  • Enhancing soil biodiversity
  • Increasing nutrient use efficiency – which reduces the need for applied fertilisers
  • Improving crop tolerance to stressors like extreme temperatures or lack of water

The EBIC is engaging with those involved to ensure that plant biostimulants are duly recognised for the role they can play in contributing to healthier soil. Through biostimulant adoption, we can all play an instrumental part in helping to achieve the directive for all EU soils to be in a healthy condition by 2050.

Our expertise means we are perfectly positioned to contribute and assist growers in implementing biostimulants into their growing regimes. We can help you achieve better crops and healthier soil for future harvests.

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