Today on Planet 100: Chinese Dirt Needs Protection (Video)
Relentless urbanization and severely degraded farmland have made ensuring food security in China an increasingly difficult problem. Preserving the soil that is available, while repairing that which has already been damaged, will be essential as the country's population leaves their small farms for life in the city.According to Han Jun, China's rural policy expert, poor farming techniques—including the overuse of fertilizers—and industrial pollution are responsible for most of the country's soil degradation.
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