We’re Oversalting Our Food, And It’s Not What You Think

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soil salinity – when soils have high salt levels that have adverse effects on plants

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Hillel, Daniel. (2000). Salinity management for sustainable irrigation: integrating science, environment, and economics. Environmentally and socially sustainable development series. Rural development*ESSD Environmentally & Socially Sustainable Development Work in Progress. Washington, D.C. The World Bank.

Pitman, M. G., & Läuchli, A. (2002). Global impact of salinity and agricultural ecosystems. In Salinity: environment-plants-molecules (pp. 3-20). Springer Netherlands.

Qadir, M., Quillérou, E., Nangia, V., Murtaza, G., Singh, M., Thomas, R.J., Drechsel, P. and Noble, A.D. (2014). Economics of salt-induced land degradation and restoration. Natural Resources Forum, 38: 282–295. doi: 10.1111/1477-8947.12054

Schofield, N. J. (1992). Tree planting for dryland salinity control in Australia. Agroforestry Systems, 20(1-2), 1-23.

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