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    Default Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

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    Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said.


    ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday.

    About a third of the world's soil has already been degraded, Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told a forum marking World Soil Day.

    The causes of soil destruction include chemical-heavy farming techniques, deforestation which increases erosion, and global warming. The earth under our feet is too often ignored by policymakers, experts said."Soils are the basis of life," said Semedo, FAO's deputy director general of natural resources. "Ninety five percent of our food comes from the soil."

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    Default Re: Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

    Some days I am just glad that I already am old and will not live another 60 years.

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    Default Re: Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

    I could live to 130; but I don't want to.
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    Default Re: Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

    I want to live to be 130. Would you please share your secret, StephenX. Lol.

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    I know what's coming. I won't live to 130, and for that I am grateful.
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    Default Re: Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Wizard View Post
    I want to live to be 130. Would you please share your secret, StephenX. Lol.
    I'll settle for a functional 120. lol

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