We all agree that we cannot live without food- but did you realise that there can be no life on Earth without soil? Soil provides support and nutrition to plants, including those that provide us with food, and soil that is rich in nutrients leads to healthy plants.
However, despite the essential role that soil plays on this planet, it is often neglected and degraded. The United Nations has recognised the importance of soil, and declared December 5 to be World Soil Day.
This day is celebrated to highlight the fact that careful management of soil, backed up by research and development, is the foundation of agricultural production, and essential for the wellbeing not just of human beings, but of the planet itself.