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SOIL An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
SOIL, 3, 45-59, 2017
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Review article
01 Mar 2017
Soil conservation in the 21st century: why we need smart agricultural intensification
Gerard Govers et al.
Interactive discussionStatus: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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RC1: 'Referee Comment', Anonymous Referee #1, 26 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
RC2: 'Review of Smart intensification paper', Martin van Ittersum, 07 Oct 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
EC1: 'Revision after referee comments', Jakob Wallinga, 10 Oct 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
AC1: 'Revision of "Soil Conservation in the 21st Century: Why we need Smart Agricultural Intensification"', Gerard Govers, 04 Dec 2016 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (review by Editor) (20 Dec 2016) by Jakob Wallinga  
AR by Gerard Govers on behalf of the Authors (04 Jan 2017)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (09 Jan 2017) by Jakob Wallinga  
ED: Publish as is (13 Jan 2017) by John Quinton (Executive Editor)  
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Short summary
We discuss pathways towards better soil protection in the 21st century. The efficacy of soil conservation technology is not a fundamental barrier for a more sustainable soil management. However, soil conservation is generally not directly beneficial to the farmer. We believe that the solution of this conundrum is a rapid, smart intensification of agriculture in the Global South. This will reduce the financial burden and will, at the same time, allow more effective conservation.
We discuss pathways towards better soil protection in the 21st century. The efficacy of soil...