We speak a lot of the importance of sustainable food systems for healthy lives. Well, it starts with soil. Soil constitute the foundation of vegetation and agriculture. Forests need it to grow. We need it for food, feed, fiber, fuel and much more. Soils also host at least one quarter of the world’s biodiversity. They are key in the carbon cycle. They help us to mitigate and adapt to climate change. They play a role in water management and in improving resilience to floods and droughts.
Recognizing the critical role of soil as a finite natural resource essential for food security and vital ecosystem functions, the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand has launched an initiative to celebrate an International Year of Soils, “Healthy soil for a healthy life”.
The 68th United Nations General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. Events are planned around the globe.
The International Year of Soils would aim to:
We all should take an active role in promoting the cause of soil during 2015 and beyond and advocate for sustainable soil management. We need healthy soil to achieve our food security and nutrition goals, to fight climate change and to ensure overall sustainable development.
“Soil is the hidden, secret friend, which is the root domain of lively darkness and silence.”
(F.D. Hole, Emeritus professor of Soil Science)