Making a case for soil and land management in a circular economy

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Making a case for soil and land management in a circular economy

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The human population is increasing by the day and this is resulting in increased demand for resources.

As demand increases, available resources shrink due to the way they had been unsustainably used over the years.

To make matters worse, the earth’s resource production potential is diminishing due to environmental factors caused by human activities, thereby leading to resource scarcity, especially in cases of depletable resources.

A circular economy ensures that resources are effectively used via sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible, with the aim of reducing waste to the barest minimum.

This keeps materials from products and resources that are generated when they reach the end of their life within the economy. Value is further created consequently and the life cycle of all products and resources are extended.

As circular economy concerns itself with maximizing the reuse of resources and products as well as minimizing their depreciation, it greatly influences – and is widely dependent on – soil and land management.

Soil can basically be considered a non-renewable resource because of the extremely slow process of topsoil formation and soil recovery. To achieve a circular economy that is so much in demand, one needs to keep the soil and land management in mind as the production of renewable raw materials by healthy soil improves and maintains land productivity.

From the production of food and other biomass to the provision of fresh mineral resources and fossil fuels to the storage, filtration, and transformation of many substances like water, nitrogen, and carbon, to the use of their functions as the platform for nature and human activities. Soil and land very essential.

Concise soil and land management then become important to make a circular economy successful as it is largely dependent on both.

As all economic systems primarily focus on reusing resources and products to eradicate their depreciation, a circular economy significantly influences soil and land management.

Thus, the management of these resources, soil, and land is extremely important to make a circular economy successful.

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