Soil is a non-renewable resource. Its
preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future
Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan.
As a core component of land resources, agricultural development and ecological sustainability, it is the basis
for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for many critical ecosystem services. It is therefore a highlyn valuable natural resource, yet it is often overlooked. The natural area of productive soils is limited – it is under
increasing pressure of intensification and competing uses for cropping, forestry, pasture / rangeland and
urbanization, and to satisfy demands of the growing population for food and energy production and raw materials extraction.
Soils need to be recognized and valued for their productive capacities as well as their contribution to food security and the maintenance of key ecosystem services.
Related links http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/ ;
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