Did you know that there are more living organisms in a tablespoon of soil than people on Earth?
Soil is a world made up of organisms, minerals, and organic components that provides food for people, animals and plants.
Like people, soils need a balanced and varied supply of nutrients in appropriate amounts to be healthy. Agricultural systems can lose nutrients with each harvest, and through other soil degradation processes like erosion. If soils are not managed sustainably, fertility can be progressively lost and result in nutrient-deficient plants.
Soil nutrient loss threatens nutrition and is one of the most important problems at a global level for food security and sustainability. The World Soil Day 2022 theme "Soils: Where food begins" aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy soils for healthy food production by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.
Find out more on the FAO World Soil Day 2022 webpage and the UN World Soil Day webpage.
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