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Yesterday was World Soil Day, #WorldSoilDay, a day dedicated to focusing attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.  We are going to take this a step further and extend this for a whole year, #YearofSoil.  We are going to become advocates of soil, premiere films in the tipi’s, butchery demonstrations across the city and talks and debates about food and farming. 

This year’s focus “Soils: Where food begins” aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.  

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 humans and animals through plant growth

Like us, soils need a balanced and varied supply of nutrients in appropriate amounts to be healthy. Agricultural systems lose nutrients with each harvest, and if soils are not managed sustainably, fertility is progressively lost, and soils will produce nutrient-deficient plants.

Soil nutrient loss is a major soil degradation process threatening nutrition. It is recognized as being among the most critical problems at a global level for food security and sustainability all around the globe.

Over the last 70 years, the level of vitamins and nutrients in food has drastically decreased, and it is estimated that 2 billion people worldwide suffer from lack of micronutrients, known as hidden hunger because it is difficult to detect.

Soil degradation induces some soils to be nutrient depleted losing their capacity to support crops, while others have such a high nutrient concentration that represent a toxic environment to plants and animals, pollutes the environment and cause climate change. Together we can change the system and improve things for the better, we’ve lost our connection to where out food comes from.  Our daily media habits continue to prove it–we’ve lost connection to each other. And, our souls feel it–we’ve lost connection to our soil to the earth that supports us all.

Please join us in 2023 by reconnecting – with the soil, with your soul, with regeneration. Become part of the Soil-ution.  

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