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| Last Updated: 17/04/2021

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World Soil Day: 5 December

World Soil Day: 5 December

Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity

Plants nurture a whole world of creatures in the soil, that in return feed and protect the plants. This diverse community of living organisms keeps the soil healthy and fertile. This vast world constitutes soil biodiversity and determines the main biogeochemical processes that make life possible on Earth.

This year, by addressing the increasing challenges of soil management, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) campaign "Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity" aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being. By encouraging people around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health, the campaign also aims to fight soil biodiversity loss. If we do not act soon, the fertility of soil will continue to be adversely affected at an alarming rate, threatening global food supplies and food safety.

Did you know?

Soil is a living resource, home to more than 25% of our planet's biodiversity

It is estimated that only 1% of soil microorganism species are currently known compared to 80% of plant species

Up to 90% of living organisms live or spend part of their lifecycle in soils

Soil organisms can break down certain contaminants.

 

https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-soil-day