Soil quality is a focus area of great importance because it determines the size and quality of crop yields and if properly managed, soil can be used for carbon storage.
Soil quality creates a better climate
Pollution and degradation of soil is problematic for the environment because soil of low quality has less ability to perform its natural functions. The water cycle and other ecological cycles are hampered by lower soil quality. The ability of soil to sequester carbon is also diminished when soil quality drops. So, good soil quality is important for a better climate.
Soil degradation is also problematic for humans as it cannot be used as a foundation for residential or other civil engineering projects. For agriculture, low quality soil means reduced yields because the soil cannot retain the nutrients necessary.
Soil quality is also a concern for some non-agricultural industries, especially chemical processing plants, abandoned fuel rigs and fuel distribution points.
Long term soil usability and sustainable yields
Regulations in Denmark have long since made soil quality an area of great consideration, both in farming and other industries. This approach has lead to agronomic approaches ensuring long term usability of soil and a sustainable yield. As a result, many Danish companies have acquired a great deal of expertise in the area.
For more information read the White Paper: A common ground for clean soil (PDF)