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"The Impact of Intensive Farming on Soils" by Marc Dufumier lecture in french

[Noisy-le-Sec • France • 27 february 2016]


In the next decades, it will be necessary to respond to the increased demand for food and agricultural products on the world market, with farmland reduction, due to the expansion of cities on the best arable lands. But the increase in yields per hectare will be possible only if we manage to preserve soil fertility. Forms of industrial agriculture that tend to prevail nowadays, unfortunately, causes more damage because of very different phenomena: erosion, leaching, salinization, compaction, etc. So the question is how it will be possible to increase agricultural yields without endangering the fertility of our soils and under what conditions.


Marc Dufumier, agronomist and teacher/researcher at AgroParisTech.