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Dong People’s Rice-Fish-Duck Symbiotic System in Guizhou Province, China

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Fixing what the land is losing between the farm and your fork

10 April 2018 - Barron Joseph Orr

If you track science in the news regularly, you may have noticed the release of a landmark global scientific assessment of land degradation and restoration and its summary for policy makers. Most of the press reported the almost unfathomable extent of the problem. About 75% of all land is impacted by degradation. This is compromising the well-being of nearly half of the people on Earth and costing 10% of the annual global gross product in lost ecosystem services. The impending doom is not to be taken lightly. But the press reports obscure a wealth of information in the Assessment, which can lead to solutions.

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