Pesticide residues in European agricultural soils – A hidden reality unfolded
A new article published has been published in "Science of The Total Environment" about pesticide residues in European soils. The highlights of this paper are :
- 76 residues of pesticides were analyzed in 317 EU agricultural topsoils.
- 83% of the soils contained 1 or more residues, 58% contained mixtures.
- 166 different mixtures were identified.
- Predicted concentrations of individual residues were occasionally exceeded.
- The combined effects of residue mixtures need to be assessed.
The article is open access and the authors are: Vera Silva, Hans G.J. Mol, Paul Zomer, MarcTienstra, Coen J.Ritsema, and Violette Geissen
"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.