Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

World Soil Day December 5

Countdown to World Soil Day on Wednesday, December 5 includes sharing information about local ABCs of soil health

Ausable Bayfield Conservation shares social media messages about importance of soil health, leading up to World Soil Day

December is a busy time. It can be hard to stay ‘grounded’ – but you can get ‘grounded’ on December 5, 2018 for World Soil Day, according to the organizers of a local soil health social media campaign.

People and groups around the world are promoting the value of soil leading up to World Soil Day. Ausable Bayfield Conservation is providing a daily reminder of the importance of soil through their ABCs of Soil Health social media campaign, which started November 10 and continues each day until World Soil Day.

Soil’s important work should not be taken for granted, according to Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff. Soil is not considered a renewable natural resource. Once soil health is lost, it’s very hard to get it back again. It may not be possible to recover that soil health in one person’s lifetime. Local research has shown how covered soils store water and help to limit water running off of land during storm events. Soil health actions like cover crops can help to preserve topsoil, contribute to the long-term ability for that soil to produce food, and protect local creeks, rivers, groundwater, and Lake Huron.

There are many reasons soil is vital, according to Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff. Healthy soil uses nutrients, grows food, and provides habitat for billions of living creatures. It is vital to protect this valuable resource, especially as the world demand for food grows, according to social media campaign organizers.

Each day, for 26 days, staff of the local conservation authority post a soil health message for a different letter of the alphabet from A to Z. Staff of Ausable Bayfield Conservation thank all the people who have read the posts or viewed the photos or videos. To read the daily posts you may visit the Facebook page or Twitter feed of Ausable Bayfield Conservation with links at abca.ca. You may also visit their soil health web page at this link: https://www.abca.ca/page.php?page=soil-health

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Iowa NRCS) ran an ABCs of Soil Health education campaign in 2016. Staff at Ausable Bayfield Conservation liked the idea so much they adapted the concept for use locally.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says on their World Soil Day web page that stopping soil pollution (#StopSoilPollution) is “ ...  the objective of this World Soil Day on 5 December and throughout the year.” To learn more about #WorldSoilDay visit this web page: www.fao.org/world-soil-day/en/

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, supported the establishment of a day to celebrate soil, as recommended by the International Union of Soil Sciences. The day helps to raise global awareness of the importance of soil. The day is “... a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources,” according to the FAO web page. The United Nations General Assembly designated December 5 as the official World Soil Day starting in 2014.

 
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