We all know that our food comes from the earth. But how often do we think about the soil where it grows? Soil has an immense impact on the health of our food systems. When there’s more carbon in the soil, it’s richer and full of life. It better supports plants, requires less fertilizer, and yields more robust, more reliable crops. In short, carbon-dense soil enriches agriculture. And when agriculture is healthy, we all benefit.
Extreme weather conditions—a result of more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere—have impacted crop yields and grower profitability, especially over the course of the 2019 season. Unhealthy soil degrades easily and erodes—making it unstable and unreliable for farmers, and therefore for us all.
...We can change the practice of agriculture in ways that leave soil better off instead of degrading it. And doing so would help us overcome the daunting challenges of feeding the world and cooling the planet.
If we continue to degrade the soil as we are now, all the topsoil in the world could be gone within just 60 years. But there’s plenty we can do to fix this. It starts with investing in soil and adopting regenerative farming practices as both farmers and consumers. Healthier soil can mitigate the damage caused by more extreme weather events by absorbing and storing water more readily, while helping to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
Our soil touches everything we eat. It’s time to talk about it.