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Earth Overshoot Day Is Coming

Touch the Soil News #433 With satellite technology and high-speed information, activists and scientists are sorting through tons of data to determine the Earth’s bio-capacity. Estimates now run that it would take 1.5 Earths to sustain present-day consumption patterns. Out of this information the day is determined every year when the world “overshoots” its bio-capacity and runs on an ecological deficit the remainder of the year. That day for 2016 is August 8, 2016 Since agriculture is one of the largest drivers of bio-capacity use, the availability of farmland will no doubt be in public debates more often. From August 8 through December 31 – 145 days – the…

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