Joint Research Centre

A first step has been taken in identifying areas in Europe where soil biodiversity is most under pressure. A JRC co-authored article states that in 56% of EU territory there is a varying degree of potential threats, with intense land exploitation estimated as the main pressure on soil biodiversity. Life within the soil is vital for ecosystem services, but the current levels of below-ground biodiversity are poorly known.

According to the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) if biofuels received no EU policy support, the price of food stuffs such as vegetable oil would be 50% lower in Europe by 2020 than at present.  With more than half of all vegetable oils due to be used for biodiesel production in 2020, any decrease in biodiesel production will strongly affect the vegetable oil market the new report confirms.