Healthy soils, healthy future

Read the full story from UN Environment.

Did you know that there are more soil microorganisms in a teaspoonful of soil than there are people on Earth? Soils contain billions of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, algae and microscopic insects, as well as earthworms, beetles, ants, mites, and fungi.

Soil is often neglected as “dirt”, but it’s incredibly important for human well-being. These days pollution is a worry – and soil is also affected. Nutrient pollution caused by run-off from industrial processes, and other kinds of pollution, threaten the ability of soils to fully perform their ecosystem services.

“In a globalized world, where what we consume has been produced in another part of the planet, we must be responsible for the environmental footprint left by production processes, not only within our territory, but globally,” says Natalia Rodríguez Eugenio, the lead organizer of a recent soil symposium and a consultant on soil pollution for the Global Soil Partnership.

“Soil pollution affects us all, and we can all do something to prevent it; small changes in our habits and a greater commitment from governments and industry will have very positive effects on pollution prevention and minimization,” she adds.

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