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Call for soil quality monitoring

Information and monitoring systems need to be improved to address the poor condition of soil across the world, a UN report has said.

The report Status of the World’s Soil Resources, produced by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, highlights the lack of strong regional and global data on soil quality. Better monitoring is needed to aid the management of soils, which will help to increase the stability of food prices and decrease poverty among millions of people, the report states. 

Published on 5 December, the report states that global soil quality is being increasingly degraded through soil erosion, loss of soil organic matter and nutrient depletion. The assessment, which looked at national and regional soil quality in details, found that the main threats to soil quality in Europe are soil sealing, soil salinization and soil contamination.

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