Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
SOIL, 3, 45–59, 2017

Special issue: Soil science in a changing world: contributions of soil science...

SOIL, 3, 45–59, 2017

Review article 01 Mar 2017

Review article | 01 Mar 2017

Soil conservation in the 21st century: why we need smart agricultural intensification

Gerard Govers et al.


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ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (review by Editor) (20 Dec 2016) by Jakob Wallinga
AR by Gerard Govers on behalf of the Authors (04 Jan 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (09 Jan 2017) by Jakob Wallinga
ED: Publish as is (13 Jan 2017) by John Quinton(Executive Editor)
Short summary
We discuss pathways towards better soil protection in the 21st century. The efficacy of soil conservation technology is not a fundamental barrier for a more sustainable soil management. However, soil conservation is generally not directly beneficial to the farmer. We believe that the solution of this conundrum is a rapid, smart intensification of agriculture in the Global South. This will reduce the financial burden and will, at the same time, allow more effective conservation.