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Achieving Agricultural Sustainability: Opportunities for Change

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Online Event
12th January 2021, 1-2 pm
for anyone interested in sustainable agriculture
Opportunities for sustainable agriculture will be discussed at the event

Soil Quality: Maintaining and Improving conditions from the ground up

Over the last five years the Scottish Government through the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division has been funding research in agroecology and sustainability. One of these areas has been soils.

A webinar will be held on the 12th January 2021 between 1:00pm and 2:00pm covering concerns of agricultural soils deterioration and soil health.

Opportunities in sustainable agriculture that can minimise environmental impacts and improve soil health will be discussed with two speakers.

  • Opportunities for Sustainable Soils: Dr Joanna Cloy (SRUC) will speak about the environmental effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the loss of soil carbon from agricultural systems. Sequestration of carbon in agricultural soils is an important strategy in the effort to mitigate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to meet obligations under climate change agreements. This talk will discuss sustainable agricultural soil management opportunities and their potential benefits to the environment and farm business.
  • Exploring the connections between soil health, plant health, animal health, and human health: Dr Alexandra Tomlinson will aim to join some dots, exploring the parallels between the health and biology of soils, plants, animals, and humans: illustrating some of these principles by referencing farm projects in which this type of approach underpins both day to day practices, and future planning.

This is a free event but booking is essential. To book visit the following link: RESAS Sustainability Webinar Series: Soil Quality Tickets, Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

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