October 28, 2014

World Losing Farm Soil Daily To Salt-Induced Degradation

 World Losing 2,000 Hectares Of Farm Soil Daily

To Salt-Induced Degradation

Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to France;
Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value/year

Study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed
to feed world’s fast-growing population

Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated land in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to a study by UN University’s Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), published Oct. 28.