1. Kelly Smithers
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  3. Monday, 07 December 2020
A new UN report has been compiled by 300 scientists who say the worsening state of soils is as important as the climate crisis and destruction of the natural world above ground. Soil organisms are essential because they drive processes that produce food, purify soil and water, and preserve both human well-being and the health of the biosphere. Crucially, it takes thousands of years for soils to form, meaning urgent protection and restoration of the soils that remain is needed. Here is an article in the Guardian summarising some of the findings.
References
  1. http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/CB1929EN
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/04/global-soils-underpin-life-but-future-looks-bleak-warns-un-report
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There is hope, this recent report https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fsufs.2020.544984/full?fbclid=IwAR0XdvBqfhJIZhjFFXFwUudQhknr1sDJnDI0rJmyStQexcD0bl9b07liiZQ shows how agriculture can be beneficial to the wider environment and although not covered in this report the farm involved has also shown soil can be created under regenerative management much more quickly than previously thought.
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Thanks for sharing this Kelly. Truth is that only healthy natural soils with an intact biosphere and subsoil ecosystem can provide crops that contain nutrients and only such soil can sequester carbon from the atmosphere. By trying to maximise crop output with industrial agricultural techniques and chemicals like pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers, sometimes even other output tonnage boosting chemicals and hormone mixes are killing the subsoil ecosystems which become completely lifeless and lose their ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, contain and maintain water and humidity and to provide nutritious crops. This leads to drought and in maximum 60 years our planet will have lost all arable and agriculturally exploitable soils. Humanity needs to urgently adopt regenerative agricultural principles and to reconsider and restructure consumption.
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This is one of many reasons why we need regenerative agriculture.
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