Soil degradation can be the result of many different processes, including but not limited to animal waste, chemical manufacturing, pesticide use, climate change, overuse of nitrogen as a fertilizer, and growth and expansion of urban areas.
According to the United Nations Environmental Program, degradation of arable land ranks with climate change and biodiversity loss as a major threat to habitat, economy and society as a whole.
With each passing year, experts estimate that we lose 10 million hectares of arable land. The vast majority of this loss is caused by agriculture. With these degrading soils, world agriculture productivity has plateaued and in some areas, it is in decline.
At The Earth Restoration Foundation, we combat soil degradation by using scientific research to enhance the ability of growers, farmers and ranchers to grow food more efficiently, safely, and abundantly.