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It’s time we stopped treating soil like dirt

Soil is pretty remarkable stuff. It provides us with 95% of our food, helps regulate the earth’s atmosphere, and It’s a bigger carbon sink than all the world’s forests combined. In fact, it enables all life on this planet to exist. So why do we treat it like dirt? Guardian journalist Josh Toussaint-Strauss finds out how we’re destroying the earth’s soil, but also discovers some of the progress we’ve made in the race to protect it
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Sources:
Back to the land ► https://www.cpre.org.uk/resources/farming-and-food/farming/item/5013-back-to-the-land-rethinking-our-approach-to-soil
To plough or not to plough ► To-plough-or-not-to-plough-policy-briefing.pdf
Caring for soil life, surviving the Anthropocene ► https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12293
Assessing the impact of conservation tillage ► https://www.soilassociation.org/assessing-the-impact-of-conservation-tillage/
Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations, say scientists ► https://phys.org/news/2017-05-tillage-farming-earthworm-populations-scientists.html
‘It’s a groundswell’: the farmers fighting to save the Earth’s soil ► https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/24/farmers-save-earths-soil-conservation-agriculture

Organisations:

Campaign to protect rural England ► https://www.cpre.org.uk/
Soil Association ► https://www.soilassociation.org/our-campaigns/save-our-soil/
Sustainable Soils Alliance ► https://sustainablesoils.org/
Groundswell: No-till show and conference ► https://groundswellag.com/

Further reading:

Land degradation threatens human wellbeing, major report warns ► https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/26/land-degradation-is-undermining-human-wellbeing-un-report-warns
IBPES report on land degradation and restoration ► https://www.ipbes.net/system/tdf/2018_ldr_full_report_book_v4_pages.pdf?file=1&type=node&id=29395
Worm composting: a beginner’s guide ► https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/feb/09/worm-composting-a-beginners-guide
Conservation agriculture in England as a community of practice: what role for science? ► DOI: 10.1111/sum.12487
Heat and soil vie for waste to cut emissions ► https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07546-z
Soil and Carbon ► https://soilsolution.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/soil-and-carbon-report.pdf

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