Experts point to damage caused by erosion and pollution

Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say

Experts point to damage caused by erosion and pollution, raising major concerns about degraded soil amid surging global demand for food

 Arable-land

 Soil erosion takes effect on Suffolk farmland in the UK. Photograph: Alamy

Oliver Milman

The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 years, with potentially disastrous consequences as global demand for food soars, scientists have warned. Read more.