Plastic in Agricultural Production: Impacts, Lifecycles and LONg-term Sustainability
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Take a look at how the first PAPILLONS stakeholder meeting unrolled!Read more
On the 10th of November, the launch event of the Papillons project will organise its First Stakeholder Conference online via Zoom from 9:30AM to 12:00PM. The purpose of this is to help shape the project and define a pertinent research and innovation agenda, as well as to gain valuable insights and experiences from a wide range of stakeholder groups.Read more
The European Union (EU) is asking for research projects on the impacts of different types of plastic products in agriculture. Plastics are becoming increasingly important in European agricultural production. However, many uses of plastics and different farming practices can result in the release of debris with a range of different properties, potential bioactivity, and impacts on soil properties. The long-term impacts of these materials on soil ecosystem quality and functioning, and agricultural sustainability is uncharted. Knowledge and understanding of mechanisms and processes controlling releases, behaviour, fate and impacts of different macro, meso, micro and nanoparticles as well as their chemical additives and transformation products on soil ecosystem and its productivity is mostly missing.
PAPILLONS is a proposal to participate in the EU Horizon 2020 funding call: SFS-21-2020: Emerging challenges for soil management B: use of plastic in agriculture. We have built a consortium of 21 partners from 16 countries, who represent the cutting edge of research into agricultural plastic use and impacts in Europe. Our project is entitled ‘Plastic in Agricultural Production: Impacts, Life-cycle and LONg-term Sustainability’ (PAPILLONS).
A common definition of plastic is a material which is at least partly made of organic polymer and can be moulded into solid, non-soluble, objects.
Conventional plastics are petroleum-based, meaning that they are made from fossil resources such as natural gas, oil or coal.
In Europe, 57 million tonnes of primary plastics were produced in 2016, the share of bio-based plastics being 1% of EU annual plastic consumption (European Commission 2018).
The accumulation of the plastic debris in agricultural lands rises concerns for soil health.