All About Dirt: Healthy Soil, Healthy Planet


Sick soil does not a healthy planet make. It’s common sense, but not necessarily common practice around the world. Today we celebrate the first-ever World Soil Day, as designated by United Nations. This day, December 5, also marks the launch of International Year of Soils (2015).

In UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement, he acknowledges the world has long taken the concept of sustainable, healthy soil for granted, and adds:

“Without healthy soils, life on Earth would be unsustainable. Soils are the foundation of agriculture.  They provide vital ecosystem services and the basis for food, feed, fuel, fiber and medical products important for human well-being. Soil is also the largest pool of organic carbon, which is essential for mitigating and adapting to climate change.  In an era of water scarcity, soils are fundamental for its appropriate storage and distribution.”

He calls on each of us to consciously do more to protect our soil, calling it “this important yet forgotten resource.”

Here at McGraw-Hill Education we welcome a dialogue with students, teachers, scientists and others to learn how we can collectively guard and enrich this amazing natural resource. Share your ideas with us – and keep the dialogue going. Below, some interesting articles and websites that may guide discussions about the importance of healthy soil:

World Soil Day

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