Restoring soils vital to feed world, forestall climate change: experts

Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, Reykjavik,
and United Nations University
30 Aug 07

Protecting soils claimed as an immediate fix to counter climate change; 150 world experts meet in Iceland on ‘silent crisis’

download (3)To meet the needs of a rapidly rising human population, the planet needs to produce more food over the coming decades than it did in the last 10,000 years combined, warn experts organizing a major world forum on the critical need to restore and protect Earth’s precious soil resources.

While demand for soil’s services are growing, however, the problems of land degradation and desertification are intensifying in many parts of the world — a creeping environmental crisis affecting one-third of all people on Earth today and worsened by the effects of warming global temperatures.

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