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Opinion: Farmers Should Plant More Trees

In the words of the Secretary-General, United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, “If we can’t all swim together, we will sink. There is no Plan B, because there is no Planet B”.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges the world faces. And a collective effort is needed to overcome the impacts.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, “about 33 per cent of the land used for agriculture is moderately or severely affected by soil degradation. Erosion, compaction, low soil organic carbon, nutrient mining and salinisation are increasingly common. This is undermining farmers’ productivity and resilience, as well as the long-term health of the ecosystems on which the entire rural populations depend. The degradation and loss of forests is proceeding at a similarly alarming rate. About 13 million hectares of forest were converted to other land uses or lost every year from 2000 to 2010”.

Ian Beatty


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