Across Regions

Five reasons why we need to protect our soils

One of the key ingredients to a #ZeroHunger future is the soil beneath our feet, the UN’s FAO reported recently. Although it may not look like much, soil is full of water, nutrients and microorganisms that are absolutely vital for growing our food, the FAO says in its report.

However, soil is a finite resource – restoring even a few centimetres of soil can take up to 1,000 years. So if we want to ensure food security and improved nutrition in the future, we need to take care of our soil today.

Yet, what if we told you that the equivalent of one soccer pitch of soil is eroded every five seconds

Accelerated soil erosion can have disastrous consequences for all of us, according to the FAO report. If we don’t act now, over 90 percent of the Earth’s soils could become degraded by 2050.

The FAO pinpoints five ways that soil erosion is threatening our food security and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You will find these in a summary of the FAO report on this page of its website here.