Is the World Running Low on Soil?

February 3, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ Of all the natural resources at risk in these days of global warming, is the next crisis right under our feet? If the worst-case scenario of a University of Sydney study is to be believed, farmland and its fertile topsoil could be the next life-sustaining resource to disappear before our very eyes.

According to researchers, chronic soil mismanagement, excessive farming of land, climate change and overpopulation is leading to erosion of farmland. The study estimates that 75 billion tons of soil are lost each year to erosion and that more than 80% of the world’s farmland is moderately or severely eroded.

The study claims that China is losing soil at a rate 57 times faster than it can be replaced naturally. Europe is eroding at a rate of 17 times and the US 10 times. At the current rate, farmland in Europe and the UK could disappear 60 years from now.

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