We only get one shot at it and by increasing urbanization and mining, are we destroying our precious land?… Look at the video and facts and let me know your thoughts…
Every 2000 years, only 10cm of soil is cultivated… just 10cm, and within minutes it is destroyed due to the expansion of land, urbanization and mining…
Here is a great video as to why we must think about what we are doing globally…(https://vimeo.com/53618201) and the Facts and Figures below:
– Land and soil have a multitude of social, ecological, cultural, spiritual and economic functions worldwide.
– Fertile soil is vital. It forms just a thin layer on the Earth’s surface.
– Millions of hectares of land are lost every year through inappropriate farming techniques, for the construction of cities and roads, and through deforestation. Cities eat into fields and fields expand at the expense of forest and pasture land.
– Without protecting the soil, it will be impossible to feed a growing world population, keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius or halt the loss of biodiversity.
– Land ownership is distributed inequitably – even more so than income. Access to land is fundamental in the fight against hunger and poverty. In many countries, women are disadvantaged compared to men.
– Land prices are rising almost everywhere. If individual or communal rights are not assured, local people are forced off the land.
– Competition for land is growing. The causes include the spread of fodder crops, and the growing use of crops to produce “green” bio fuels.
– Global has turned arable land into a mobile resource. Developing world. They import land in the form of product grown abroad.
– Despite the fact that chemical fertilizer is being used, yields are not increasing as rapidly as expected. Organic farming stimulates soil organisms and improves soil fertility in the long term – something that mineral fertilizers fail to do.
– Modern city planning must include soil conservation. Infrastructure and housing must use less fertile land, especially in countries with declining populations.
– An international regulatory framework based on human rights must ensure that the distribution of land is equitable and that fertile soils are not monopolized by the rich.
– Protecting the soil is a global task. But individuals can make a significant contribution by purchasing local products and eating less meat.
Part Source: www.globalsoilweek.com