Soil Science and Policy: Issues behind the need for better land use planing and soil management

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Author(s)Thompson TRE, Rimmer DL
Editor(s)Crighton, K; Audsley, R
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameLand Management in a Changing Environment
Conference LocationEdinburgh, UK
Year of Conference2008
Legacy Date26-27 March 2008
Volume
Pages3-11
Series TitleAgriculture and the Environment VII. Proceedings of the SAC and SEPA Biennial Conference.
ISBN1854828673
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Soil science is an applied science that is focussed on improving our understanding of soils and how they function, but it is dependent for much of its funding on answering policy-related questions. The history of the discipline is reviewed in order to establish which policy questions have influenced its development, and to provide the background for a forward look to the policy issues that will be important in the next half century. While initially the needs of agriculture and subsequently concerns for the environment have been the policy drivers, we predict that the challenges ahead will require policy-driven research that gives equal weight to both food production and environmental protection in a world where energy supplies and land resources will be in short supply.
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