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Soils and Food Security

Series: Issues in Environmental Science and Technology Volume: 35

By: Ronald E Hester (Author)

250 pages, illustrations

Royal Society of Chemistry

Hardback | Nov 2012 | #204197 | ISBN-13: 9781849734264
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About this book

Soil is essential to agriculture and a resource that cannot be replaced easily. Nevertheless, its importance to food production and the threats to its sustainability are often overlooked. Soils and Food Security, the 35th volume of Issues in Environmental Science and Technology, examines the current status of soils across the globe and their potential for food production to meet the needs of the World's population in the 21st Century. Threats, such as the degradation, pollution and erosion of soil are discussed, along with the possible consequences of climate change for soil and food production. As an ecosystem service, soil also serves to capture nutrients and sequester carbon, and these issues are discussed in the context of adding value to soil protection. The influence of modern agricultural techniques in enhancing soil productivity is also discussed. Throughout Soils and Food Security case studies support the discussion.


Contents

[1] Global Soils - Capacity for Food Production
[2] Soils and Food Security - Challenges and Opportunities
[3] Soils and Sustainable Farming
[4] Climate Change and Agricultural Soils
[5] Soils and Resource Use Efficiency
[6] Soil Biodiversity and Farming
[7] Urban Soils - Local Opportunities for Food Production
[8] Restoring Degraded Soils to Agricultural Production
[9] New Technologies to Enhance Soil Productivity
[10] Balancing the Competition for Soils - Food Production vs. Other Ecosystem Services


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Biography

Ronald E. Hester is at the University of York, UK Roy M Harrison OBE is at the University of Birmingham, UK

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