New book: Soils and Human Health


Eric Brevik
Lynn C. Burgess
Dickinson State University in North Dakota, USA

Book cover

Published:
December 10, 2012 by CRC Press, 408 pages
Editors:
Eric C. Brevik, Dickinson State University, North Dakota, USA; Lynn C. Burgess, Dickinson State University, North Dakota, USA

“Soils and Human Health” brings together authors from diverse fields with an interest in soils and human health, including soil science, geology, geography, biology, and anthropology to investigate this issue from a number of perspectives. The book includes a soil science primer chapter for readers from other fields, and discusses the ways the soil science community can contribute to improving our understanding of soils and human health.

Summary

Despite the connections between soils and human health, there has not been a great amount of attention focused on this area when compared to many other fields of scientific and medical study. Soils and Human Health brings together authors from diverse fields with an interest in soils and human health, including soil science, geology, geography, biology, and anthropology to investigate this issue from a number of perspectives. The book includes a soil science primer chapter for readers from other fields, and discusses the ways the soil science community can contribute to improving our understanding of soils and human health.

Features

  • Discusses ways the soil science community can contribute to an improved understanding of how soils influence human health
  • Approaches human health from a soils-focused perspective, covering the influence of soil conservation and contact with soil on human health
  • Addresses food security and climate change issues
  • Points out areas in which interdisciplinary collaborations are sorely neededIllustrates topics via case studies including arsenic in groundwater in Bangladesh; the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam; heavy metal contamination in Shipham, United Kingdom and Omaha, Nebraska, USA; and electronic waste recycling in China.
  • Includes a soil science primer for interested readers from other fields without a strong soils background

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About Antonio

I am a Biologist (BS in 1996) and PhD in Soil Science (2000), and work teaching and researching at the University of Sevilla (Spain). My on-going work includes the study of soil degradation processes in Mediterranean areas, soil erosion and the impact of wildfires on soils.
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