Microplastics – Presence and Hazards in Agricultural Soils to be Studied

According to a February 16, 2021 Netherlands Wageningen University & Research news release “… WUR will be coordinating two European Union research projects over the next few years. The multi-million euro projects are part of Horizon 2020, the largest EU research programme. The mEATquality project (6 million euros) will research the links between animal welfare and meat quality. MINAGRIS (7 million euros) will look at the presence and hazards of microplastics in agricultural soils. For both projects, WUR will be coordinating researchers and stakeholders all over Europe … The researchers will also try to establish whether the origin of the meat can be fully traced … ‘In the MINAGRIS project we will be working in 12 European countries to see which microplastics are found in various agricultural systems, and in what quantities,’ says project coordinator Violette Geissen, Professor of Soil Physics and Land Management. ‘We will then look at the consequences this has on soil ecosystems, and whether there are alternatives to the use of plastics in agriculture’ …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste