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'Fragile Italy', 30% of arable land lost - Mondo Agricolo

2023-12-04T09:09:55.310Z

Highlights: 'Fragile Italy', 30% of arable land lost - Mondo Agricolo. World Soil Day is 5 December. Coldiretti, "defend the availability of fertile areas" (ANSA). Due to overbuilding and abandonment, Italy has lost almost 1/3 (30%) of its agricultural land in the last half century. The usable agricultural area reduced to just 12.8 million hectares, with the disappearance in 12 months of another 4,500 hectares, 63% of national land consumption.


World Soil Day is 5 December. Coldiretti, "defend the availability of fertile areas" (ANSA)


Due to overbuilding and abandonment, Italy has lost almost 1/3 (30%) of its agricultural land in the last half century, with the usable agricultural area reduced to just 12.8 million hectares and effects on the hydrogeological stability of the territory and on the country's production deficit and agri-food dependence on foreign countries. This is what Coldiretti says on the occasion of the World Soil Day announced by the United Nations which is celebrated on December 5th.
A trend confirmed in the 2023 Ispra report on land consumption where Coldiretti denounces the constant decrease in the availability of agricultural areas with the disappearance in 12 months of another 4,500 hectares, 63% of national land consumption.
As a result of artificial covers, the soil - continues Coldiretti - is unable to guarantee the infiltration of rainwater that flows to the surface, increasing the hydraulic hazard of the national territory. The result - specifies Coldiretti - is that in Italy more than 9 out of 10 municipalities in Italy (93.9% of the total) according to Ispra have part of the territory in areas at hydrogeological risk for landslides and floods also as a result of climate change in progress with a tendency to tropicalization that manifests itself with a higher frequency of violent demonstrations, seasonal shifts, the rapid transition from sun to bad weather and short, intense rainfall.
For this reason, Italy must defend its agricultural heritage and its availability of fertile land with adequate social, cultural and economic recognition of the role of activity in the countryside. "However, it is necessary to speed up the approval of the law on land consumption that has been lying in Parliament for years and which could provide Italy with a cutting-edge tool for the protection of its territory," says the president of Coldiretti Ettore Prandini.

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