Nothing on this earth is more important than our soil. It is useless without water and air but I have always been intrigued about the plants that grow from the earth. That requires soil. Soil requires fertility and management to be productive.
"World Soil Day, and the launch of the 2015 International Year of Soils, is just around the corner, on Dec. 5. Numerous key events related to soils are already taking place around the globe.
Advocacy, awareness raising, and education are at the core of this International Year with theme “Healthy soils for a healthy life”. The year aims to increase knowledge and understanding about the importance of soil for food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development.
The main focus of the IYS Steering Committee first meeting was to establish a Steering Committee and to elect a Chair. Other key points on today’s agenda included discussion of the IYS plan of action, which was endorsed in July 2014 and is meant to be of “guiding nature”. Discussions moved onto the IYS launch event, which is set to coincide with the first official World Soil Day on 5 December 2014, coupled with concurrent events at FAO Headquarters in Rome and in Bangkok."
I've been blessed to put my hands in soil in the states, provinces and 35 countries. The picture is soil on the North Island of New Zealand. I am even more blessed to be "temporary caretaker" of soil right here in southwest Ohio in the bottom picture.
Nothing is more valuable than our soil.