The Green Revolution and soil loss

The Green Revolution of the 1980s and beyond in hindsight delivered huge increases In
food production which had led to an increase in the world population.

But this story isn’t so much about population growth as about soil management. The so called Green revolution led to a 1/3 reduction in the amount of soil lost to erosion and pollution according to a report in BBC Future.

Like all stories with a sad beginning they often have a good ending and that is the story line here. There is an alternative to applying chemicals according to Queensland farmer Ian MacLaughlin.

(Credit: Skybury)

Ian and Mark MacLaughlin, Skybury Tropical Plantation.

Ian believes improving soil sustainability demonstrates a higher level of social responsibility and, importantly, good business sense:

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