The Friday Quiz: Organic Farms (January 20, 2006)
Which country has the most organically farmed acreage?
Australia has the most organically farmed acreage, with 24.7 million acres cultivated sustainably. But tiny Liechtenstein has the highest percentage of its farmland growing organic crops: more than 26 percent. By comparison, the U.S. organically farms just 0.23 percent of its arable land. (source: Scientific American)
Here is a link which connects the great die-off of land organisms in the Permian Era to the soil degradation caused by human over-farming, over-grazing and the over-harvesting of timber: Geologists Link the 'Great Dying' to Volcanism
"Land degradation is a worsening global problem thanks to human activity and soil erosion that has caused the loss of a third of arable land over the last 40 years," Sephton notes. "Identifying the nature of the end of Permian soil crisis may help us understand what is in store for us in the years ahead."
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