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Soil-Improving Cropping Systems for Sustainable and Profitable Farming in Europe

Hessel, Rudi and Wyseure, Guido and Panagea, Ioanna S. and Alaoui, Abdallah and Reed, Mark S. and van Delden, Hedwig and Muro, Melanie and Mills, Jane and Oenema, Oene and Areal, Francisco and van den Elsen, Erik and Verzandvoort, Simone and Assinck, Falentijn and Elsen, Annemie and Lipiec, Jerzy and Koutroulis, Aristeidis and O'Sullivan, Lilian and Bolinder, Martin and Fleskens, Luuk and Kandeler, Ellen and Montanarella, Luca and Heinen, Marius and Toth, Zoltan and Hallama, Moritz and Cuevas, Julian and Baartman, Jantiene E. M. and Piccoli, Ilaria and Dalgaard, Tommy and Stolte, Jannes and Black, Jasmine E. and Chivers, Charlotte-Anne (2022). Soil-Improving Cropping Systems for Sustainable and Profitable Farming in Europe. Land. 11 :6 , 780
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Abstract

Soils form the basis for agricultural production and other ecosystem services, and soil management should aim at improving their quality and resilience. Within the SoilCare project, the concept of soil-improving cropping systems (SICS) was developed as a holistic approach to facilitate the adoption of soil management that is sustainable and profitable. SICS selected with stakeholders were monitored and evaluated for environmental, sociocultural, and economic effects to determine profitability and sustainability. Monitoring results were upscaled to European level using modelling and Europe-wide data, and a mapping tool was developed to assist in selection of appropriate SICS across Europe. Furthermore, biophysical, sociocultural, economic, and policy reasons for (non)adoption were studied. Results at the plot/farm scale showed a small positive impact of SICS on environment and soil, no effect on sustainability, and small negative impacts on economic and sociocultural dimensions. Modelling showed that different SICS had different impacts across Europe-indicating the importance of understanding local dynamics in Europe-wide assessments. Work on adoption of SICS confirmed the role economic considerations play in the uptake of SICS, but also highlighted social factors such as trust. The project's results underlined the need for policies that support and enable a transition to more sustainable agricultural practices in a coherent way.

Authors/Creators:Hessel, Rudi and Wyseure, Guido and Panagea, Ioanna S. and Alaoui, Abdallah and Reed, Mark S. and van Delden, Hedwig and Muro, Melanie and Mills, Jane and Oenema, Oene and Areal, Francisco and van den Elsen, Erik and Verzandvoort, Simone and Assinck, Falentijn and Elsen, Annemie and Lipiec, Jerzy and Koutroulis, Aristeidis and O'Sullivan, Lilian and Bolinder, Martin and Fleskens, Luuk and Kandeler, Ellen and Montanarella, Luca and Heinen, Marius and Toth, Zoltan and Hallama, Moritz and Cuevas, Julian and Baartman, Jantiene E. M. and Piccoli, Ilaria and Dalgaard, Tommy and Stolte, Jannes and Black, Jasmine E. and Chivers, Charlotte-Anne
Title:Soil-Improving Cropping Systems for Sustainable and Profitable Farming in Europe
Series Name/Journal:Land
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:11
Number:6
Article number:780
Number of Pages:27
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2073-445X
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Soil Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Keywords:soil quality, sustainable soil management, adoption, crop management, environmental dimension, sociocultural dimension, economic dimension
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118270
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118270
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/land11060780
Web of Science (WoS)000816636100001
ID Code:28669
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:30 Aug 2022 14:17
Metadata Last Modified:30 Aug 2022 14:21

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