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28 april 2010

We raken door onze grond heen


Dust storm in Australia

Each year the world loses an estimated 83 billion tons of soil. What does this mean for food production and what can we do about?

By Larry Gallagher, Ode, April 28, 2010

We’re running out of soil. As with other prominent resources that have accumulated over millions of years, we, the people of planet Earth, have been churning through the stuff that feeds us since the first Neolithic farmer broke the ground with his crude plow. The rate varies, the methods vary, but the results are eventually the same. Books like Jared Diamond’s Collapse and David Montgomery’s Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations lay out in painful detail the historic connections between soil depletion and the demise of those societies that undermined the ground beneath their feet.

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