A partner in SoilCare, Jane Mills, from University of Gloucestershire in UK, was interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the importance of soil and how it is often forgotten and undervalued as a global resource. The interview was broadcast on 1st January 2017 and can be listened on the BBC website until 31st January. The interview starts at 1 hour 11 minutes into the programme. World Soil Day was celebrated on 5th December and Jane explained to listeners why soil warrants its own global awareness day and how our soil has been affected by intensive agricultural land management, She spoke about how good farming practices can help protect our soil and described how SoilCare is looking for practical solutions to these soil threats.
The SoilCare partner AGROINTELLI presented a poster about SoilCare and distributed SoilCare leaflets to attendees at the Agromek 2016 show in Denmark from 22nd to 24th November. The Agromek show is Northern Europe's largest agricultural fair with over 40,000 visitors. AGROINTELLI had a stand showcasing their new agricultural machinery products and in particular the IntelliPaths and Unidepths products which are being trialled in many of the SoilCare Study Sites.
Currently, the next plenary meeting of the SoilCare project is being organised.
The meeting will be held from Monday, March 13th until Thursday, March 16th 2017. The last day of the meeting (Thursday) has been reserved as excursion day. The venue of the meeting will be the Grand Arsenal, Old Venetian Harbour in Chania.
SoilCare partners are requested to book their flights to Crete, and to book their hotel room themselves, before registering for the meeting.
A meeting information page has been made, where you can find all required information(link see below).
The meeting program and instructions for presentations will be sent around when ready.
(It is advised to not use Internet Explorer when registering; sometimes Internet Explorer can cause problems).
2016 Theme: “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life”
That is why the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) dedicates this year's World Soil Day to pulses. Also, owing to their nutritional benefits, 2016 was declared the International Year of Pulses.
The campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.
Soil is an essential resource and a vital part of the natural environment from which most of the global food is produced.
At the same time, soil provides living space for humans, as well as essential ecosystem services, which are important for water regulation and supply, climate regulation, biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration and cultural services. But soils are under pressure from increases in population, higher demands for food and competing land uses. Approximately 33% of our global soils are degraded and policy makers around the world are exploring opportunities to embrace sustainable development via the sustainable development goals.