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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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Soil as Sustenance

Soil as Sustenance

(p.238) Chapter 19 Soil as Sustenance

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Cornell University Press

This chapter is an overview on soil sustainability and conservation. Soil is the Earth, supporting life and nourishing its growth, containing both mineral fragments and millions of microorganisms that contribute to its development. Because soil is the ultimate foundation of the terrestrial food chain, it is vital to preserve it. Preservation here ultimately means retaining the soil's capacity to support life, but soil is now being diminished in many parts of the developing world, where poor soil husbandry and poor agricultural practices are leading to increased soil erosion and depletion. The chapter thus looks into the particular environmental risks and human impacts to soil, and provides some suggestions as to its continued preservation.

Keywords:   soil preservation, soil conservation, soil, Earth, soil development, soil capacity, soil erosion, soil depletion, agricultural practices, animal husbandry

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