Soils are under increasing pressure of intensification and competing uses for cropping, forestry, pasture and urbanization. The demands of a growing population for food, feed and fibre are estimated to result in a 60 percent increase by 2050. These pressures combined with unsustainable land uses and management practices, as well as climate extremes, cause land degradation. Soil preservation and sustainable land management have therefore become essential for reversing the trend of soil degradation and ensuring food security and a sustainable future.
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