Special Issue "Critical Issues on Soil Management and Conservation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2015)
Dr. Tiziano Gomiero
Independent consultant and researcher on multi-criteria farming and food system analysis, agro-energies, environmental issues, Treviso, Italy
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Interests: farming system analysis; agroecology; organic agriculture; GMOs; biofuels; soil conservation; biodiversity/bioindicators; human impact on the environment; societal metabolism; population-Water-energy-food nexus; ecological economics; science-policy interface
Since the advent of agriculture, human beings in societies have been inextricably dependent on “the soil” for their livelihoods. As soon as soil health was compromised, so was agriculture, and in turn, the lives of people. In the last few decades, the adoption of intensive agricultural practices, new patterns of food consumption (e.g., the high intake of meat) and increasing demographic pressure, all threaten soil health nearly everywhere in the world. Notwithstanding the achievements of the Green Revolution, 900 million people suffer from chronic undernourishment, while fertile soil is lost to urbanization and biofuel production. In most regions, soil is being degraded at a high pace. Considering that fresh water is also overexploited almost everywhere, it is not difficult to forecast that by continuing on this path, we will face serious problems soon. At present, the fact that most of the human population is urbanized may lead us to forget our dependence on soil, and to forget the people who produce our food.
Aldo Leopold was right, now, more than ever, when warning, back in 1949, “Perhaps the most serious obstacle impeding the evolution of a land ethic is the fact that our educational and economic system is headed away from, rather than toward, an intense consciousness of land.”
In the spirit of Leopold's warning, a message was launched by the 68th UN General Assembly, which declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/). The objectives of the IYS 2015 include: raising full awareness among civil society and decision-makers about the profound importance of soil for human life and supporting effective policies and actions for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources.
This Special Issue aims to support the UN initiative by gathering stimulating contributions that can raise awareness on critical issues concerning soil management and conservation. Contributions are welcome on any aspect related to the sustainable management of soils, with topics concerning: agricultural practices, food security, land degradation, soil monitoring, soil contamination, urban sprawl, and social, economic, and policy issues.
Articles should clearly state the problem addressed, provide a consistent analysis, and offer possible, reasoned solutions. Given the complex nature of the problems, contributions embracing an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach are especially welcome.
The texts, while meeting high scientific standards, should, at the same time, be able to convey their message to a wider audience, such as policy makers, professionals, and civil society. The goal of the Special Issue is to offer relevant information to research fellows and civil society to help them deal with the problems of sustainably managing soils.
Dr. Tiziano Gomiero
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- soil health
- soil degradation
- soil monitoring
- soil preservation
- sustainable agriculture
- soil and water nexus
- agriculture policy
- soil biodiversity
- soil and climate change
- soil and food security
- soil and local communities
- land grabbing
- soil and society