Soil erosion by water is estimated to affect 1.3 million km² in Europe, an area equivalent to two-and-a-half times the size of France.

Soil degradation is a worrying phenomenon in the EU. Between 1990 and 2006, at least 275 hectares of soil per day were permanently lost through soil sealing – the covering of fertile land by impermeable material – amounting to 1,000 km² per year every ten years.

The effects of soil degradation has long-term consequences for produ...

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