Protect soil, campaigners tell lawmakers

Environmental campaigners have called on EU policymakers to enforce sustainable agricultural practices, on World Soil Day

Environmental campaigners have called on EU policymakers to enforce sustainable agricultural practices, on 5 December, the UN-designated 'World Soil Day'.

The Pesticides Action Network (PAN) said that more than 80% of European agricultural top soils tested recently contained pesticides, with nearly two-thirds containing multiple residues.

The group warned that the future of EU agriculture was at stake, with residues of substances such as the banned DDT as well as herbicide glyphosate and fungicides, disturbing nutrient cycles, affecting the metabolism of organisms and forcing farmers to use more fertiliser and pesticide. In turn, the group said, pollinators, beetles and birds are threatened.

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