Soil- WHO CARES?!

Healthy soil is arguably one of the most important things on this planet. Without it, human survival would likely be impossible.

 

 

 

This blurb below was written by Shauna Sadowski, Senior Manager of Sustainability @Annie's, Inc. via GreenBiz. It is so beautifully said, I wanted to share it.

 

"Most of us give little consideration to the ground we walk upon, yet the soil beneath our feet plays a crucial role in our lives. Not only is soil the growth medium for nearly all of our calories, but it also can play a role in cleaning and storing water, supporting biodiversity and regulating our climate. Both human and environmental health hinges on the ability of healthy soil to carry out these functions.

 

Among other indicators, soil organic matter is a defining characteristic of healthy soil. It is composed of material from a rich web of living organisms that build beneficial carbon in the soil: decaying plants; manure; insects; earthworms; microbes; and other forms of life. In fact, a single teaspoon of healthy soil can support more microorganisms than there are people on the planet. These microorganisms play a role in unlocking the soil's complex network of physical, biological and chemical functions, and scientists are just scratching the surface in understanding these interconnected relationships.

 

This loss of soil doesn't just affect water quality, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration; it also influences yields. What we do know is that healthy soil has the potential to restore ecosystems, increase biodiversity and improve water quality, among other ecosystem services. It also can draw carbon out of the atmosphere and store it underground, helping to reduce greenhouse gases. With 70 percent of sequestered carbon stored in lands directly influenced by agriculture, grazing or forest management, the food industry has a unique opportunity to tackle climate change through better soil management".

 

Find this full article here: https://www.propagate.org/ag-environment/2018/3/23/soil-matters-more-than-you-think

 

 

Soil Resources Initiative is dedicated to educating people on the importance of healthy soil and teaching techniques that restore soil fertility around the world. Healthy soil increases crop yields and enhances the nutrient content of food, among many other great benefits. To support our work, please consider making a donation to Soil Resources Initiative by clicking this link:  https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=mrNponY2aUd4mjPrl8f20URIM3petBzyK4CTcmFHBplFrO1jkVUmrvtxgVBYvzCqhSSHQW&country.x=US&locale.x=

 

 

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