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Wind, rain and industrial agriculture techniques accelerate soil erosion, but can be mitigated before the world faces catastrophic loss in terms of agricultural performance and critical ecosystem functions.

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Every day, 18 kilos of sand and gravel are extracted by each inhabitant of the planet for 
the manufacture of concrete, asphalt and glass. Changes in consumption patterns, the increase 
      
          
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Prolonged droughts and heavy rains, a consequence of current erratic weather patterns, have destroyed more than half of the farmers' corn and beans crops along the Central American Dry Corridor, leaving them without food reserves.

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Developed within the European iSQAPER project in which researchers from the UPM participate, it has been proposed as a success case by the European Commission. The app informs farmers about how to improve their soils and offers them the option to incorporate new data in a collaborative learning model.

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Wageningen University & Research is developing a comprehensive research programme with the aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use in the Netherlands. Wageningen researchers are looking into zero-emission greenhouses and clever ways of shaping livestock farming, land use and forest and nature management.