"Leading soil scientists conducted a large review on the quality and condition of today's soil, and the results are not encouraging. In fact, the quality of our soil could become a huge threat to our food supply in the next century."
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"A new review published in the journal Science from top soil scientists paints a pretty dire picture of the condition of the world’s soil. The leaching of vital nutrients and erosion, both partly due to industrial agriculture, are seen as so severe that the review claims we may be reaching a plateau of just how much food our planet can produce. Without significant change to the way we treat our soil, this might be as good as it ever gets.
"Soil isn’t a particularly sexy thing to investigate, but for the vast majority of farmers (excluding those using, say, hydroponics), soil is everything. And the review indicates that we haven’t been great stewards. “Ever since humans developed agriculture, we’ve been transforming the planet and throwing the soil’s nutrient cycle out of balance,” says the paper’s lead author, Ronald Amundson, a professor of environmental science, policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley, in a press release.
"One of the more devastating problems arising from industrial agriculture is that of nutrient depletion. Soil used for farming naturally contains various chemicals necessary to produce a high yield in crops. The most important are phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium. Nitrogen can be produced artificially to some degree, though its creation uses an awful lot of energy. Phosphorous and potassium are mined, and soon, say the paper’s authors, the most valuable raw materials in the world might not be oil anymore. Amundson goes so far as to suggest “phosphorous cartels” may pop up in the future to control their sale."
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"The bill extends the time period in which judges must make a ruling from two days to five business days; if the judge doesn’t rule, the minor’s application is presumed denied instead of approved, as it is today.
"Abortion rights and child welfare advocates say judicial bypass is a rarely used last resort for vulnerable girls with unwanted pregnancies, many of whom have either negligent or abusive parents.
"The bill also narrows the number of counties where pregnant girls can apply for a judicial bypass and requires that they provide “clear and convincing evidence” to a judge that they would be endangered if they informed their parents."
"A new report from the International Monetary Fund makes a compelling case for why countries should end subsidies for fossil fuels: It would save millions of lives."
"Unlike nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous come from rocks and minerals, and the authors point out that those resources are not equitably distributed throughout the world. The United States has only 1 to 2 percent of the world's potassium reserves, and its reserves of phosphorous are expected to run out in about three decades.
"This could create political challenges and uncertainties," said Amundson. "Morocco will soon be the largest source of phosphorous in the world, followed by China. These two countries will have a great deal of say in the distribution of those resources. Some people suggest we will see the emergence of a phosphorous cartel.""
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"Similar laws in Georgia, Arizona and Idaho have been blocked by courts."
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