Title: Global soils - preserving the capacity for food production
Authors: MONTANARELLA Luca
Publisher: RSC Publishing
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC72416
ISBN: 978-1-84973-426-4
URI: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/chapter/bk9781849734264-00031/978-1-84973-426-4
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC72416
DOI: 10.1039/9781849735438-00031
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Global soil resources are limited and non-renewable. Therefore there is the need to establish a framework for preserving these limited resources for future generations. Current rates of soil degradation and land-take by urban sprawl and other land uses is severely threatening the capacity of planet Earth to produce sufficient food for the projected population of more than 9 billion by 2050. A clear target needs to be set and a functioning global governance system needs to be established for halting the rate of soil loss in order to preserve this precious resource. After 20 years from the Rio Convention, a binding target of zero net soil degradation by 2050 needs to be approved by all Nations as a fundamental sustainable development goal, together with a global soil partnership for soil protection federating all relevant stakeholders towards the achievement of this ambitious goal.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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