(Report of the Subcommittee on Soil Erosion of the Committee on Social Implications of Science of the Iowa Academy of Science)
Perhaps today's concern for, soil erosion began with the writings of Aldo Leopold a generation ago on the need for a land ethic, or the cartoons of "Ding" Darling, or the memories of fanning in the lean and mean "Dust Bowl" years, or the efforts of the Soil Conservation Service, or the professors of soil science, or the recent environmentalists. At least something, more than likely a combination of many such influences, has brought about the grass-roots realization that although our thoughts have soared with our explorers in space our roots remain in the soil of the planet Earth. We have begun to look anew at the soil. The soil is Iowa's greatest resource. It belongs, in a sense, to all people now living as well as to those yet unborn. Thus we are committed to conserve the soil for ourselves and future generations. To this end the Iowa Legislature enacted in 1971 a sweeping new law which changes the emphasis in soil conservation practices from voluntary to mandatory.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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"Soil Erosion in Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 79(2), 92-95.
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