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  1. #1 Brit Dirt Supply To Collapse In 2070. 
    Britain facing food crisis as world's soil 'vanishes in 60 years'

    British farming soil could run out within 60 years, leading to a catastrophic food crisis and drastically higher prices for consumers, scientists warn.

    By Andrew Hough
    Published: 7:30AM GMT 03 Feb 2010

    Fertile soil is being lost faster than it can be replenished and will eventually lead to the “topsoil bank” becoming empty, an Australian conference heard.

    Chronic soil mismanagement and over farming causing erosion, climate change and increasing populations were to blame for the dramatic global decline in suitable farming soil, scientists said.

    An estimated 75 billion tonnes of soil is lost annually with more than 80 per cent of the world's farming land "moderately or severely eroded", the Carbon Farming conference heard.

    A University of Sydney study, presented to the conference, found soil is being lost in China 57 times faster than it can be replaced through natural processes.

    In Europe that figure is 17 times, in America 10 times while five times as much soil is being lost in Australia.

    Soil is also a valuable store of carbon and can release the greenhouse gas if it is ploughed or dug up.

    The conference heard world soil, including European and British soils, could vanish within about 60 years if drastic action was not taken.

    This will lead to a global food crisis, chronic food shortages and higher prices, the conference heard.
    O Noes!!!11!! :eek:

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    Complete and total load of crap. When I was a kid the enviro scientist said our soil would be gone by now too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Complete and total load of crap. When I was a kid the enviro scientist said our soil would be gone by now too!
    But this is British dirt. Maybe it's different. :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    But this is British dirt. Maybe it's different. :p
    It has more tea residue from tea pee!
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    Climate change strikes out in a new direction...

    These people are getting desperate...
    Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
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    We could say they are spending like drunken sailors. That would be unfair to drunken sailors, they're spending their OWN money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Complete and total load of crap.
    THAT's what it'll take....:D
    Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
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    We could say they are spending like drunken sailors. That would be unfair to drunken sailors, they're spending their OWN money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    THAT's what it'll take....:D
    LOL! No kidding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    THAT's what it'll take....:D
    Then this is one problem Obama and his liberal hordes can fix.
    "The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
    Then this is one problem Obama and his liberal hordes can fix.
    Apparently progressive B.S. doesn't work. If it did, Brown could have singlehandedly averted the crisis. :p
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    Do they all crap in the ocean and let it wash away?
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