Farms outside Baghdad as seen from a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter. Much of Iraq's soil has a high salt content because of flooding and poor drainage. Jim Gordon/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr hide caption itoggle caption Jim Gordon/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr The Salt Who Should Pay To Fix The World's Salt-Damaged Soils? October 28, 2014 The area of land no longer suitable for farming because of salt degradation is rising quickly. Scientists argue the private sector should help fund efforts to reverse it since it relies on the crops.