Soil Health Deep Dive
A thriving food system that delivers on “Food is Health” is fundamentally dependent on the health of our soil. Unfortunately, soil health has deteriorated significantly in the past century due to various factors. Loss of topsoil, water contamination, greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced soil biodiversity have all compromised the soil’s capacity to support plants, animals, and humans. In this compelling Deep Dive, we delve into the critical issues surrounding soil health and the far-reaching consequences of its degradation.
The importance of soil health cannot be overstated, as it plays a vital role in maintaining ecosystem balance, sequestering carbon, and providing essential nutrients for plant growth. Alarmingly, it is estimated that one-third of the world’s topsoil has already been lost due to erosion and poor agricultural practices. Moreover, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warns that we may only have 60 years of topsoil remaining if the current rate of soil degradation continues. This could lead to devastating consequences for global food security and environmental sustainability.
In this captivating Deep Dive video, we explore the factors that threaten soil health and investigate the innovative companies, technologies, and individuals working tirelessly to reverse this trend and revitalize our soil. We will discuss the latest advancements in soil conservation practices, such as regenerative agriculture, cover cropping, and no-till farming, which hold great promise for restoring soil health and ensuring a more sustainable future.
As you join us on this fascinating journey, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the crucial role soil health plays in our food system and the environment. You’ll also learn about the exciting developments and cutting-edge solutions shaping the future of agriculture and soil management. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and discover how to work together to nurture our soil and safeguard the planet for future generations.
- The factory of life: Why soil biodiversity is so important (European Commission)
- Topsoil Erosion (Stanford University)
- 'Slow, insidious' soil erosion threatens human health and welfare as well as the environment (Cornell University)
- CHART OF THE DAY: Why The World Has No Choice But To Buy More And More fertiliser (Business Insider)
- Globally arable land per capita is shrinking (Bayer Ag)
- Nitrate and Nitrite in Drinking-water (World Health Organization)
- Nutrients from atmospheric and urban sources, fertilization, andlivestock wastes can contribute to excessive algal growth in streams (U.S. Geological Survey)
- Fertilizers Market to Reach 151.8 Billion USD by 2020 - (IndustryARC)
- What is Agricultural Biodiversity? (Convention on Biological Diversity)
- Soil biodiversity and soil community composition determine ecosystem multifunctionality (PNAS)
- The Water-Soil Health Connection (University of Nebraska)
- Market Insights (Better Food Insights)
- Advancing Regenerative Agriculture (3BL Media)
- Why Regenerative Agriculture? (Regeneration International)
- Regenerative Agriculture Industry Map (Re-source)
- Kernza more than just a new food trend (The Land Institute)