Magic Of Soil
“The Only Magic Material that Turns Death into Life.”
The Save Soil movement is about bringing humanity together to keep the magic of soil alive.
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What exactly is soil and what does it do?
Let us explore through a quiz below.
Question 1 / 6
Soil is ______
Soil is the basis of our lives. But...
Agriculture, deforestation, and other factors have degraded and eroded topsoil at alarming rates. Globally, 52% of agricultural land is already degraded. The planet is in crisis. If current rates of soil degradation continue, this would be the end of life as we know it.
The Planet is in Crisis
In 20 years, 40% less food is expected to be produced for 9.3 billion people.
Poor soil leads to poor nutritional value. Today's fruits and vegetables already contain 90% fewer nutrients.
2 billion people suffer from nutritional deficiencies leading to multitude of diseases.
Depleted soils cannot absorb and regulate water flows.
Lack of water retention leads to water scarcity, droughts & floods.
Organic matter can hold up to 90% of its weight in water and release it slowly over time. This is a big help in drought-prone areas.
Loss Of Bio-Diversity
Scientists say that around 27000 species of life forms are becoming extinct every year due to loss of habitat.
The crisis has reached a point where 80% of the insect biomass has gone.
Loss of biodiversity further disrupts the soil habitat and prevents soil regeneration.
Carbon stored in soil is 3x that in living plants, and 2x that in the atmosphere, which means soil is crucial for carbon sequestration.
If the world's soils are not revitalized, they could release 850 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere contributing to climate change. This is more than all of humanity's emissions in the last 30 years combined.
Loss Of Livelihood
Thousands of farmers are committing suicide due to depletion in soil.
74% of the poor are directly affected by land degradation globally.
It is estimated that soil extinction is costing the world up to US$ 10.6 trillion every year.
Conflict And Migration
Population growth, and food and water scarcity could cause over 1 billion to migrate to other regions and countries by 2050.
Land issues have played a significant role in over 90% of major wars and conflicts in Africa since 1990.
From the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, high food prices have been cited as a factor behind mass protest movements.
Soil: A holistic solution
Almost every major ecological crisis is, to some degree or form, a consequence or symptom of the degradation of soil. Similarly, almost every environmental or environment-related pain point can be addressed by creating healthy soil.
It is, in fact, a fallacy to think we can address any one aspect of our environment without addressing the whole, because no aspect of the ecosystem functions in isolation. No solution is complete until we become conscious that life is one single complex phenomenon, all of which is happening in unison. In many ways, Soil is the underlying platform upon which life springs forth. If we fix soil, we have the best chance of fixing the whole.
What Are Experts Saying?
Maria Helena Semedo
Deputy Director General
The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Under-Secretary-General, United Nations
Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Dr. Rattan Lal
World Food Prize Awardee 2020
Dr. Jo Handelsman
Former Science Advisor to President Barack Obama
Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at University of Wisconsin
Former UN Environment Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Deputy Director General, IUCN
Dr. Naoko Yamamoto
Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization
Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)
Senior Soil Scientist, National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France Professor, AgroParis Tech Institute
Director for Global Policies & Sustainability, European Environmental Bureau
Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy
Director of the Coordination Office of the G20 Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation & Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats
Executive Secretary, 4 Per 1000 Initiative
Soil Scientist & Vice Chairman
National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food & Environment, France
Secretary, Global Soil Partnership at UN FAO
Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
Head, Nature for Climate Branch, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Country Head, India , United Nations World Food Programme
Dr Johan Rockstrom
Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Dr. Elaine Ingham
Dr. Joachim von Braun
Agricultural Scientist & President, Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Director of the SDG Lab in the Office of the Director-General of UN Office at Geneva (UNOG)
Dr. Iyad Abumoghli
Founder and Director, United Nations Environment Programme - Faith for Earth
Dr. Richard Cruse
Professor, Agronomy Department, Iowa State University
Director, Iowa Water Center
AS Kiran Kumar
Former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization
Dr Vibha Dhawan
Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute
Commodore Amit Rastogi
Chairman and Managing Director, National Research Development Corporation
Dr. Daniel Rasse
Department Head, Biogeochemistry & Soil Quality
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
Environmentalist & President, French League for the Protection of Birds
Dr. Saravanan Kandasami
Former Soil Scientist at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Prof. Ramesh Chand
Agricultural Economist & Member, NITI Aayog
Pravesh Sharma, IAS
Co-Founder and CEO at Kamatan Farm Tech Pvt Ltd
Author and Economist
Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India
President of Aapresid (Argentine No-till Farmers Association)
Kiss The Ground
Kiss The Ground
What science says?
S.O.S - Save Our Soil?
Indian Space Research Organisation
Globally around 24 billion tons of fertile soil and 27,000 bio-species are lost each year
UN Report: The World's farms stretched to 'a breaking point'
The world's climate-stressed and pollution-degraded farming and agricultural system must shift quickly to sustianable practices to feed...
The fragrance of the soil
Somehow is more tenderness to me
than the fancy fragrance of the flower
The strength and sensitivity of life
held in the soil
lets off waves of passion of a
Passion not of a person
but of my species
that has gone insensitive
to all that nurtures it
and absorbs it at its end.
As I walk barefoot, I break down
with Passions so profound
that it defies all descriptions.
Oh' Soil, My life
Poem by Sadhguru