Human pressures on soil resources reach "critical limits"

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Human pressures on soil resources are reaching "critical limits", according to a senior official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The warning comes on the first observance of World Soil Day on 5 December, which is also the kick off of the International Year of Soils.

FAO says that healthy soils are not only the foundation of food, fuel, fibre and medical products, but are also essential to the ecosystems.

Yet about a third of all soils are degraded.

Sandra Ferrari discussed the importance of soils with Ronald Vargas, a technical officer with FAO's Land and Water Division in Rome.

Duration: 4'32"

 

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