Soil monitoring law: New EU directive calls for sustainable food production

June 20, 2024 EcoVadis EN

The EU Council has reached a political agreement to more closely scrutinize soil health monitoring across member states, providing guidelines to manage soil sustainably and identify situations where soil contamination poses health and environmental risks.

The proposed soil monitoring law requires member states to monitor and assess the health of soil in their territory so that landowners and authorities across the EU can take appropriate sustainable soil management measures.

Healthy soil is essential for food production, with as much as 95% of the food is produced directly or indirectly on soil. However, estimates say that over 60% of the soils in the EU are not in good condition.

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