Soils, where food begins

5 December 2022 is World Soil Day. This year the main them is the connection between soils and what we eat. #Soils4nutrition

Soil nutrient loss is a major soil degradation processes threatening nutrition and is recognized as being among the most important problems at a global level for food security and sustainability all around the globe.

The video aims to raise awareness on the risks associated with soil nutrient imbalance and soil fertility loss while highlighting the role of soil fertility in producing sufficient, safe, and more nourishing food for healthier plants, animals, and people.

World Soil Day 2022 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign “Soils: Where food begins” aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.

“Healthy soils can significantly contribute to ending hunger and creating a healthy planet, but only if we address soil global threats, including nutrient imbalance,” Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), told the opening of the Global Symposium on Soils for Nutrition.

Yes, exactly! The theme of World Soil Day 2022 comes The Global Symposium on Soils for Nutrition –  “Soils, where food begins,” that was held in a virtual format from 26 to 29 July 2022. The Symposium brought science and policy together to review the status and challenges of soil fertility in relation with crop, animal and human nutrition.

Humans, like plants, and animals, need sufficient food to survive. But food must be safe and nutritious not only to provide energy and basic nutrients, but also to prevent disease and the intake of harmful toxins. About 95 percent of our food comes from soils, which have a natural capacity to support plant growth by providing them with nutrients through the soil solution.