Media CenterThe Dirt on Soil: 5 Facts For World Soil Day
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
- 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
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.
For more about soil management, watch this video.