Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 495–509, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-495-2021
SOIL, 7, 495–509, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-495-2021
Original research article
04 Aug 2021
Original research article | 04 Aug 2021

Application of the governance disruptions framework to German agricultural soil policy

Bartosz Bartkowski et al.

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We use a holistic framework to analyze how agricultural policy in Germany affects the sustainability of soil management. We look at the adequacy of policy targets, objects (i.e. drivers of soil degradation), instruments, assumptions about farmers' behaviour, and the coherence among these four dimensions. We find deficits in each dimension, particularly object and instrument adequacy. Agricultural soil policy in Germany lacks depth and coherence, and the role of biomass demand is neglected.