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Soil Importance
Fruit and Vegetable Science
K. Jerome

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  • 1. THE IMPORTANCE OF SOIL
  • 2.
    • What's the difference between soil and dirt?
    • wrong place - dirt
  • 3.   T he importance of soil
    • Life, civilization
    • depend on planet's
    • soil and
    • water resources
  • 4.  
    • Shortages cause:
    • Conflicts
    • Migration
  • 5. Future  
    • Soil will become even more crucial   World population doubles every 40 years
    • only 7 percent of earth's surface is suitable for agriculture
  • 6. Soil is non-renewable resource
    • T hin, fragile layer of life-supporting material
    • Supplies plants, animals with all resources they need
  • 7. Soil health
    • Capacity of soil to sustain plant and animal growth
    • Capacity of soil to maintain air and water quality  
  • 8.   Soil degradation
    • United Nations report, 2001:
    • 1.75 billion tons of crop soil lost worldwide to erosion
  • 9.   Reasons for soil degradation
    • Erosion Pollution Desertification Changes in soil chemistry Increases in salt levels Loss of organic matter
  • 10.  
    • We must take it upon ourselves to practice good soil management and protect our soils.  
  • 11. How much soil is there?
    • How Much Soil Is There?