Sustainable Soil Management and Organic Farming

This special issue of Soil Research presents potential solutions to a variety of problems, analysed through the prism of organic farming and soil management.

Organic farming and sustainable soil management are unequivocally linked because the role of soil in the complex process of food production is not limited to being the substrate in which the crops are physically supported, but it also contains many mineral and biological elements that impact on sustainability. Soils act as a filter for water and is a unique source of food and fibres for controlling the geochemical cycles such as the carbon cycle. It is worth noting that the soil and the entire terrestrial environment undergoes constant changes and can be affected not only by natural phenomena, such as the weather, the topographic location or the actions of live organisms, but also the anthropic effect. + Full description

This special issue of Soil Research focuses on sustainable soil management and organic farming, addressing potential solutions to a variety of problems, analysed from an organic perspective across different countries and environments. All 15 papers included in this special issue are based on the premise that arable soils are a non-renewable and finite resource

This special issue is largely drawn from the session “Organic farming and Soil management” (SSS10.3) presented at the General Assembly of the European Geoscience Union (EGU) which took place in 2013 and 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

Online edition now available. Visit the Soil Research home page. - Short description