Category Archives: Soil

Large animals driven extinct by human hunters still affect ecosystems today

Below is an excerpt/paraphrased of Michael Marshall’s 14 August 2013 NewScientist Ecosystems still feel the pain of ancient extinctions, the abstract of the original Nature Geoscience article, and future losses of large animals will affect tropical forests in the future. … Continue reading

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Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years

Milman, O. December 2, 2015. Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say. The Guardian. The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 … Continue reading

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Climate change impacts on agriculture in the U.S.

[ I’ve added a senate hearing from 2013 on drought, fire, and freeze effects on agriculture below. Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation, 2015, Springer] Notes from 25 page: Hatfield, J., … Continue reading

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Peak soil, Peak Phosphate, Peak Fertilizer means Peak Food

Amundson, R., et al. May 7, 2015. Soil and human security in the 21st century. Science 348. A group of leading soil scientists has summarized the precarious state of the world’s soil resources and the possible ramifications for human security … Continue reading

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China is destroying itself: mountains leveled to create land, contaminated soil, toxic air

[This destruction has been going on for a long time, and just adds to what Chairman Mao did while he was ruler. Here in California over a third of our air pollution is from China, and in Asia it’s even … Continue reading

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Overshoot and dieoff : humans beyond carrying capacity

Land transformation by humans: A Review. Roger. Hooke, José F. Martín-Duque. 2012. Geological Society of America Prognosis for the Future Looking ahead a few decades, land suitable for agriculture will likely continue to diminish as urban areas expand soil is … Continue reading

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Big Agriculture is pissing away our topsoil

Donald Carr.  14 Apr 2011. Big Ag is pissing away our nation’s rich topsoil. Grist.org Bad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that … Continue reading

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Soil

  Farmland Disappearing Sheck, J. 11 Mar 2010.  Fewer Farms to Feed ‘Local’ Appetite Small City Plots Foster a Sense of Agricultural Revival, but Fail to Make Up for the Steady Loss of Farmland in the Region.  Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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