Soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production. Without soils we cannot sustain life on earth.
The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/
FAO Factsheet: Soil is one of nature's most complex ecosystems and one of the most diverse habitats on earth: it contains a myriad of different organisms, which interact and contribute to the global cycles that make all life possible.
Healthy soils are crucial for ensuring the continued growth of natural and managed vegetation, providing feed, fibre, fuel, medicinal products and other ecosystem services such as climate regulation and oxygen production.
The amount of fertile soil on the planet has been diminishing at an alarming rate, compromising the ability of farmers to grow food to feed a global population that is projected to top nine billion by 2050. 5 reasons why soil is key to the planet’s sustainable future!