Soils are living, biodiverse ecosystems, home to microscopic organisms that fix nitrogen and break down organic materials.
This World Soil Day, Food Tank is recognizing that healthy soil is important for more than just crops — soil can also trap carbon and combat climate change.
“Land and soils constitute the foundation for sustainable agricultural development, essential ecosystem functions, and food security,” according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “They are key to sustaining life on Earth.”
To celebrate World Soil Day, Food Tank is highlighting 13 soil scientists from around the globe working to better understand soils and promote practices for maintaining healthy, fertile lands.