Gallery: Soil Erosion Could Cause Food Crisis, Expert Warns

 

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Could the world’s supply of fertile soil really run out? That’s the question posed by TIME Magazine in a recent Q & A with University of Sydney professor John Crawford, and as far-fetched as the premise may sound, it turns out that soil erosion and degradation is a very serious issue. According to Crawford, we have just about 60 years of good soil left at current erosion rates due to farming methods that strip the soil of nutrients, which could lead to a serious food crisis in the mid-21st century as the world population continues to grow.

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