Diana Wall and two colleagues wrote a perspective piece in the journal Nature published on 3 December 2015 relating human health in a number of areas (food production, water quality and pathogenic bacteria for example) to soil biodiversity. She was also interviewed for the Nature podcast episode published on 26 November 2015 where she discuses her article.
The perspective piece gives a broad brush view and some spe….
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is marking the second World Soil Day and the end of the International Year of Soils with an appeal to reverse the current rate of soil degradation because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change.
“The challenge before us is clear,” Mr. Ban said in his message on the Day, noting that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that about 33 per cent of global soils are already degraded. “This trend must be reversed through sus….
Almost all our food is grown in soil, writes Peter Melchett. Yet we are treating it like dirt: spraying it with toxic chemicals, depleting vital nutrients, and releasing its carbon to add to climate change. With World Soils Day coming up tomorrow, let’s change our ways – and renew our commitment to organic food and farming.
“The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible.” Those are the words of Lady Eve Balfour, co-founder of the Soil Association and also its first president.
Written nearly 70 years ago, they still stand tr….
A farmer plants acacia seedlings in Liguere, Senegal. Photo: FAO/Seyllou Diallo
The degradation of the world’s soil is highly advanced and needs to be reversed, said the UN Secretary-General on Friday.
Speaking ahead of the second World Soil Day, marked on December 5, Ban Ki-moon said that soil was the foundation of all food sys….