Humusica 2, article 17: techno humus systems and global change − three crucial questions

Augusto Zanella*, Stefan Geisen, Jean François Ponge, Gerard Jagers, Charles Benbrook, Thomas Dilli, Andrea Vacca, Jolanta Kwiatkowska-Malina, Michaël Aubert, Silvia Fusaro, Maria De Nobili, Giovanna Lomolino, Tiziano Gomiero

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Some soil scientists or biologists (14, one preferring anonymity) answered the three following questions: (1. Introduction) 2. Why is organic food better (tastes better, is healthier, richer in nutrients, contains less pesticide, etc.) than food produced with hydroponic or intensive farming techniques? 3. In a humipedon, are soil functioning, biodiversity and carbon content three interdependent and intersected aspects of a single ecosystem? In other words, can we treat these aspects as if they were inseparable in a humipedon? 4. Are agriculture and civilization (the society, culture, and way of life) interconnected? All scientists expressed affirmative answers. Nuances or in depth information were also furnished. The article allows to understand the real “agronomic challenge” that the predicted Global Change might represent for humanity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-253
JournalApplied Soil Ecology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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