#WorldSoilDay2019: Stop soil erosion, Save our future
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), over 33% of the Earth’s soils are already degraded. But why is this significant?
The human race is dependent on soil for food, so degradation has a direct impact on crop yields, and can ultimate provoke a state of famine.
Soil also plays an important environmental role, contributing to water quality, securing energy and mitigating biodiversity loss.
Today marks the United Nations’ #WorldSoilDay, to highlight the importance of sustaining healthy soils to nurture our planet.
Through the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), research is ongoing to improve soil quality in agricultural communities where degradation is prevalent, using new biomass processing.
Read more about the project here.