WTO warns about consequences of soil degradation | News
The World Trade Organization (WTO) warned this Friday about the degradation of a third of the world's soils, which can threaten the food security of the population, since more than 90 percent of food is produced there.
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During a conference of agriculture ministers in Berlin, Germany, within the framework of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, the entity warned that more than 90 percent of soils could present this situation by 2050, according to information from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The WTO specified that soils are the natural habitat of millions of biotic organisms and the most important carbon sink, but in the face of the current profound deterioration, fertile land and soil quality are increasingly limited.
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"We are facing an unprecedented challenge, to produce more food for the world's growing population with limited land resources and to regenerate the soil for tomorrow's food security," said WTO Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam.
The official indicated that trade can contribute to the regeneration of soils, through strategies, not only from the economic and environmental aspects, but also by allowing access to technological advances to examine the state of fertile lands on a daily basis.
Likewise, they guide the promotion of environmental programs, investment in research, as well as training for agricultural producers in order to promote sustainable food production.
Another option is to propose the reduction of subsidies to unsustainable agricultural practices, which would leave resources necessary to support sustainable food production.
For his part, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany, Cem Özdemir, stated that “healthy soils are our allies in the fight against world hunger, the climate crisis and the extinction of species. We need to act now, and we must act with global solidarity."
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