We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
A recent JRC-led article estimates the possible total soil loss due to harvesting crops in the European Union for two major crops to be in the region of 14.7 million tonnes per year.
When root or tuber vegetables (such as potatoes, sugar beet, carrots, onions and chicory roots) are harvested, some soil clings to them and is thereby removed from the field.
Today, marking Rare Disease Day, the European Commission is launching a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.