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Yes. Sustainable management of soil resources contributes effectively to the mitigation of 1) climate change through carbon sequestration and reduction of GHG emissions; and 2) desertification processes through maintaining a natural balance in ecosystems, efficient use of water resources, biodiversity conservation, and natural soil fertility. It is imperative to promote sustainable soil management practices for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience to changing weather patterns and extremes.
Yes, it is true. There are billions of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and protozoans in the soil, as well as thousands of insects, mites, and worms.
There is a very direct link between soil health and human health as 95% of the food we consume comes from soils. Soil health and its fertility have a direct influence on the nutrient content of food crops. If the necessary micronutrients are not present in the soil, this impacts directly on the food system by failing to deliver adequate amounts of micronutrients to meet human requirements. This is especially true for trace elements that are essential nutrients for humans but are not known to be essential for plant growth, such as selenium and iodine.
From a different angle, plants not only absorb nutrients and water from the soil but they also up-take other harmful substances present in a plant-available form in the soil solution such as heavy metals and pollutants, which can harm both humans and animals, and accumulate in the food chain.
To protect the planet’s soil resources, it is important for all concerned, e.g. farmers, scientists, civil servants or ordinary citizens to:
- Prevent and reverse land degradation
- Practice sustainable soil management
- Prevent soil pollution
- Avoid sealing the soil
- Combat climate change
- Shrink your carbon footprint
- Preserve and increase vegetation cover
- Stop food waste
- Spread the word about the importance of soils
Therefore, to address the problems of land degradation and desertification, joint efforts are required.