Publication - Health of our Soils : Toward Sustainable Agriculture in Canada
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Health of our Soils : Toward Sustainable Agriculture in Canada
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Much has been written and said to describe the health of soils in Canada's farming regions. During the past 15 years, several groups and agencies, including the Science Council of Canada, the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, federal and provincial departments of agriculture, unversities, and non-government agencies, such as the Agricultural Institute of canada, have reported on soil quality. These reports have differed in outlook, style, content, scientific validity and methods, and interpretations. All identified major concerns about soil degradation, but neither individually nor together do they thoroughly assess soil quality in Canada. Recent research on soil quality has questioned some of their findings. Maybe experts now dispute or quality the reported extent and degree of soil degradation in Canada, its economic and environmental cost, and the effects of land use and management practices.