We’re pleased to join the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in honoring World Soil Day on December 5, bringing attention to the importance of healthy soil, vibrant ecosystems, and sustainable soil management.
Soil is an essential ingredient to healthy food and nutrition. Its composition nourishes plant life and directs the micronutrient content of the food we eat. And beyond food cultivation, healthy soils also play an important role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to natural disasters such as floods and droughts.
Soil is one of nature’s most complex ecosystems: it contains millions of organisms that interact and contribute to the environmental cycles that make all life possible. It’s home to a quarter of our planet’s biodiversity and is one of our greatest allies in the fight against climate change.
With soils under increasing pressure from decades of use and climate extremes, it’s critical that we work together to support healthy soils for a sustainable and food-secure future.
Our team at Sound Agriculture truly values soil health. Whether we’re tending plants in the greenhouse, talking with growers out in the field, or discovering new solutions in the lab to support less resource-intensive farming. We asked our team why they put soil health front and center, and here’s what a few of them had to say.
- Healthy soil is the lifeline to clean water, food, and climate change resilience.
- The power of the billions of microbes in our soil is a completely untapped resource if we do the right things to cultivate and take care of them. It’s the best opportunity for growers to invest in the future of their land, business, and the plant, hands down.
- Soil is the living entity that connects and supports all life one way or another. Soil health is so important to maintaining highly productive and sustainable land use, cultivating a thriving ecosystem, and sequestering carbon.
- Soil health is at the foundation of healthy people and healthy environments!
- Soil is the skin of the earth. We must protect this vital layer and approach management with a keen eye on innovations aimed at improving degraded soils and preserving soil ecosystem functions.
- It’s one of the best levers we have for combating climate change and increasing the nutrition in our food system, both of which are crucial for society in the future.
Please join us in caring for our soil today and every day.