A study backed by United Nations has called from a move away from destructively intensive Agricultural practices.
33% of the earth’s land is being severely degraded with fertile soil lost at a rapid rate of 24 billion tonnes on an annual basis, The Guardian reported.
As the world population continues to soar, with increased demand for food, fuel, fodder and resources, competition is increasing for natural resources and there is increased pressure being placed on the land, the report identified.
As a direct result, the health and productivity of the land is impacted.
The pressure on global land resources has now reached its peak in human history.
Research notes stated that Sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, the Middle East and North Africa are expected to face the greatest challenges unless we globally see lower levels of meat consumption, have better land regulation and implement practices that incorporate farm efficiency, according to Irish Guardian.
The report revealed that the next number of decades will be ‘‘the most critical in shaping and implementing a new and transformative global land agenda.’’
Key messages from the report can be found here.