ENN - A study from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures indicates that in the last 40 years, humans have chewed through 33 percent of the Earth’s topsoil, thanks to development and harmful farming practices.
The grim findings are a bad sign for the future, as we rely on soil not
just for sustenance, but also as a carbon trap, key component of nearly
every ecosystem on Earth, and breeding ground for organisms with
tremendous commercial and humanitarian applications, such as bacteria
that could contribute to the development of cutting edge
pharmaceuticals. We should be worshiping the ground we walk on, and this
study indicates that we’ve been doing just the opposite.