Food Crisis due to an irreversible deterioration of soils and a lack of control in the transfer of soil contaminants into the food chain.

Food Crisis due to an irreversible deterioration of soils and a lack of control in the transfer of soil contaminants into the food chain.

Wild Card's progress: advanced

This Wild Card came from: 
European Commission Framework Programme for RTD

The theme/scheme related to this Wild Card: 
Theme 6 - Environment (including Climate Change)

The sub-theme that best relates to this Wild Card: 
Environmental technologies for observation, simulation, prevention, mitigation, adaptation

Wild Card's description 
Conventional remediation-monitoring programmes (i.e. analysis of contaminant and metabolite concentrations over time and space), often provide inconclusive assessments due to their inability to resolve some of the existing problems of soils: mix of several contaminant sources or increasing levels of degradation. The lack of robust tools to assess the quality of these soils represents several risks. First, increasing concentrations of contaminants in the soil would have devastating consequences for the sustainability of ecosystems that will see an important decrease in their biodiversity. Second, the possible transfer of contaminants from the soil into the food chain would put the health of millions of individuals at risk. What will make this Wild Card interesting? It would unfold unforeseeable impacts If the Wild Card is the result of a breakthrough, where would it come from? It will emerge from the frontiers of today's science