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SOIL An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
SOIL, 3, 45-59, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-3-45-2017
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01 Mar 2017
Soil conservation in the 21st century: why we need smart agricultural intensification
Gerard Govers et al.

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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...
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