"Manyof us who live and work among the hilly land farmers and upland tribal groups inAsia are sounding the alarm to the problems of deforestation and soilerosion. I call on people everywhere to help stem the tide of this wave ofdestruction while there is still time... When a nation loses the capability tofeed, clothe, and shelter itself, it loses the capability to chart its owndestiny."
"Landis not being remade. Soil is made by God and put here for man to use, notfor one generation but forever. It takes thousands of years to build oneinch of topsoil but only one good strong rain to remove one inch fromunprotected soil on the slopes of mountains."
"Soilerosion is an enemy of any nation - far worse than any outside enemy coming intoa country and conquering it because it's an enemy you cannot see vividly. It's a slow creeping enemy that soon possesses the land."