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FAO: By 2050, global agriculture is expected to grow by 60 percent


In order to meet global food demand, agricultural production must increase by 2050% by 60, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said on the occasion of World Soil Day celebrated on Monday.

Soil provides more than 95% of food and drinking water, the international organization notes.

“However, about a third of the world's soil has already degraded, and the loss of soil fertility means the earth is becoming less productive and many Grains, vegetables and fruits are not as rich in vitamins and nutrients as they were 70 years ago,” the statement said.

In some cases, soil erosion occurs naturally in all climatic conditions and on all continents. But it is mostly caused by human activities like intensive farming and deforestation.

Two billion people around the world suffer from a trace mineral deficiency known as latent hunger because it is difficult to detect.

The FAO states that there is a need to preserve the natural vegetation on black soil and to adopt mechanisms to create sustainable soil management. In particular, according to the FAO, up to half of household waste can be disposed of as compost for soil nutrition.

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