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As our climate changes, the way we produce food must too. December 5 has been declared World Soil Day by the UN, marking the urgent need to protect our life-giving soil and how we grow our food.

5 Vital Facts on Soil
Simón Leonidas Pérez holds organic fertilizer that he will use to help his cocoa plants thrive. He learned how to make the compost through a CRS initiative to establish agro-forestry systems in El Salvador. Photo by Oscar Leiva/Sliverlight for CRS

  • Humankind owes its existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains
  • 65 percent of arable land is already damaged in Africa (38 percent globally)
  • Our soil stores 3 times more carbon than our atmosphere
  • Most of the food consumed worldwide comes from smallholder farmers, often on very small plots of land
  • Soil conservation is the key to stopping global hunger and tackling climate change

Solutions

The solutions are simple: Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Smart Agriculture. They repair vital farmland with simple techniques and help farmers both adapt to climate change and lessen their impact on the environment.

It is vital that our government continues to fund work that saves our life-giving soil.

Feel free to share these facts or contact Tom Price to talk to one of our agriculture and climate experts, such as Shaun Ferris.

For more about soil management, watch this video.

 

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Tom Price

Communications Officer, Programs

Tom Price
December 1, 2016

Based in Baltimore, MD

As Senior Manager & Deputy, Strategic Communications Tom Price helps lead media outreach for Catholic Relief Services. He supervises communications on Latin America and the Caribbean, East and Southern Africa, as well as supporting the media outreach of CRS’ US Regional Offices.

Tom has worked in communications with faith-based...More