Soil Health is Ground Zero for Sustainable Agriculture
September’s United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit set an ambitious agenda for the sustainable transformation of food systems. While not specifically named as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), soil health plays a key role in several of the goals, as many of them cannot be achieved without healthy soils and sustainable land use.
Foremost among these goals is SDG 13 (Climate Action), which supports urgent action to combat climate change, noting that soil can play a positive role in reducing the impacts of climate change by sequestering CO2 and restoring degraded soils. Goal 15 (Life on Land), also makes a key connection between soil health and climate change, calling to protect, restore and promote sustainable ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss.
Soil health is not only at the foundation of our food systems and critical for the achievement of the SDGs, but soils function as major carbon reservoirs and water regulators, which makes them one of the most valuable resources to address climate change.
Check out our new video to learn more about the importance of soil health to the SDGs and the fight against climate change.