Inspiration to protect your soils from contamination
Soils can be polluted through excess use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, but also through poor management of animal manure, slurries and sewage sludge. Irrigating with wastewater that contains for instance pharmaceutical pollutants can also contaminate agricultural soils. Prevention is key – and it is cheaper than curing.
Sustainable farm management and soil conservation practices can increase soil health and soil fertility, and can help prevent soils from becoming contaminated. The experts from the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on soil contamination listed a number of good practices that farmers may find useful, including:
Keeping the soil covered with crops or vegetation can increase soil fertility and lower the need to use fertilisers and pesticides, reducing the chance of contamination.
Be open-minded! Welcoming innovation and cooperation with researchers can open up new possibilities that work well for your soils.