The future engagement of soil science in agriculture
A perspective on the future demands on soil science in response to policy shift toward food security.
Year of Publication2008
Soil science has its foundations in the support of agriculture. The production of food and timber is always the first soil function listed. However research is driven by policy priorities. The last three decades have witnessed a strong shift from food security to protection of the environment, in particular, water quality. Soil science has increasingly become a branch of the natural and environmental sciences. A new generation of pressures on our land resource is now emerging. A rapidly rising World population, growth in the emerging economies and the steady depletion of the planet's natural resources including fossil fuels and productive land imply that an agricultural focus for soil science will return but with some new emphases.
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