Soils: Where food begins
World Soil Day is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil. It is celebrated with the aim to raise awareness of the importance of soil quality for well being of humans, animals along with ecosystems. It works to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources. This year the theme is – Soils: Where food begins.
As an article reads – World Soil Day aims to “raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil biodiversity loss, increasing soil awareness and encouraging governments, organizations, communities, and individuals around the world to commit to proactively improving soil health”.
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We don’t give the soil the due credit for all the help and sustenance it provides. Soil helps to keep Earth alive. and along with supports the lives of a huge number of living organisms.
World Soil day
The date 5 December corresponds with the official birthday of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who was one of the main proponents of this initiative. We celebrate World Soil day on December 5 every year. He played a huge role in the activism leading to the formation of World Soil Day.
In December 2013, at the 68th United Nations Assembly, December 5 was finally officially declared World Soil Day.
The theme for World Soil Day 2021 – Halt soil salinization, Boost soil productivity
The theme of World Soil day 2020, was “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity”.
Soils: Where food begins
What’s more, We are not realizing the damage to the soil and the slow silent degradation that is happening and proving disastrous if not taken care of in time.
Sustainable management of soil resources is the need of the hour, as we all depend on the soil and it is the reason on Earth why living beings are alive. The human race is very much dependent on the soil as it is the top layer of the Earth. In addition, around 95% of our food comes from the soil. Soil is home to more than 1/4 of the earth’s biodiversity, yet we know only 1% of this universe.
Besides, We all know that Soil is one of the earth’s most important natural resources. It is the skin of Earth. Healthy soil is crucial for human life and well-being. As soil is the ultimate natural supplier of the food we eat, we cannot survive without it. If you are keep to celebrate World soil day join the movement and also follow these hashtags – #WorldSoilDay and #Soils4Nutrition on social media to raise awareness.
Furthermore, The Save Soil movement is also a great initiative to revitalize the world’s depleting soil and agriculture launched by Indian spiritual leader Sadhguru to address land degradation and advocate for healthy soil.
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Episode 21 – Soil and Health