Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Original research article
05 Oct 2020
Original research article |  | 05 Oct 2020

Targeting the soil quality and soil health concepts when aiming for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Green Deal

Antonello Bonfante, Angelo Basile, and Johan Bouma


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (04 Aug 2020) by Raúl Zornoza
AR by Antonello Bonfante on behalf of the Authors (04 Aug 2020)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (06 Aug 2020) by Raúl Zornoza
ED: Publish as is (07 Aug 2020) by Jorge Mataix-Solera (Executive editor)
AR by Antonello Bonfante on behalf of the Authors (16 Aug 2020)
Short summary
Soil health is an important term in the international policy arena when considering soil contributions to sustainable development. We propose a measurement method, lacking so far, and explore differences within the term soil quality. The latter describes the inherent properties of soils, while soil health focuses on actual health. The procedure is illustrated for three Italian soil types, also showing the effects of climate change, demonstrating that each soil is significantly different.