America is running out of soil
J Thoendell stashed this in Food
And what's happening in America mirrors a worldwide trend. The United Nations named 2015 the International Year of Soils in an attempt to raise awareness of the soil crisis, which they say has degraded 33 percent of the world's soil. With the world's population set to reach nine billion by 2050, the UN warns that food production from agriculture needs to increase by 60 percent just to meet the projected demand, a tall order if soil damage continues.
The threat may be so stark that leading UN officials told reporters last December that most of the soil relied upon by farmers could become so eroded or chemically degraded that it will disappear over the next 60 years.
But initiatives among American farmers might be slowing the losses. New farming practices like terraces and temporary "cover" crops have helped lower soil erosion by more than 40 percent over the past two decades, according to a report from the Soil Science Society of America.