Soil Biodiversity and Human Health | LEGUME LABORATORY

….We have recently reviewed some journal articles about soils, their management and how they impact food production. 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.

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Reverse in rate of soil degradation | DESERTIFICATION

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

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Protect the soils that feed us! | DESERTIFICATION

by Peter Melchett 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

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Degradation of the world’s soil must be reversed: UN chief

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…. Source:

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