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Protecting the soil ecosystem contributes to human health, the WHO said recently. Photo: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Microbes and biodiversity. Here’s why a healthy soil is so important for human health

As soil allies, microbes are a resource for people' immune systems. Protecting biodiversity therefore means preserving our health.
Soil restoration is essential to prevent ecosystem collapse. Photo: Raquel Maia Arvelos/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Raquel Maia Arvelos/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Every $1 invested in soil restoration creates up to $30 in economic benefits, UN says

Soil restoration must be implemented on 2 billion hectares. Half of the area needs to recover by 2030 according to FAO and UNEP.
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Biodiversity like climate: “the EU should equip itself with ambitious and binding objectives”

The European Parliament approves a resolution to provide the Union with a "Paris Agreement" on plant and animal biodiversity. Agriculture and forestry considered strategic. In the text, also the request for an irreversible stop to glyphosate after 2022
FAO's "Keep soil alive!" mission initiatives include educational videos on soil conservation. Image: FAO, YoutubeFAO

A videogame style cartoon shows kids why soil can’t handle a game over

A videogame shaped cartoon called "Mission: Keep soil alive!" has been released by FAO to show why soil protection matters for everybody
Few data and one truth according to FAO: soil pollution is one of the most dangerous global threats. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution required

Soil pollution is responsible for 20% of agricultural productivity loss, FAO warns

New FAO report on global land pollution unveiled. The size of the problem is known, the lack of data weighs. Now is certainly time to act
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The bioeconomy can save soil health. But where is Europe at?

Thursday 3 June at 3 pm, web conference for the EU Green Week to highlight the latest advances made by research and European institutions in favor of the bioeconomy, starting from the best practices already developed.
Biodiversity and soil diversity are featured in FAO's book project. Image: FAO Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO)FAO Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO)

FAO launches soil biodiversity for kids

Ten stories to explain soil biodiversity. A new initiative by FAO raise awareness among children about the ecosystem's role.
In the Amazon, large-scale agriculture is reducing rainfall volumes and fueling surface warming. Photo: Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Amazon agricultural boom is speeding up climate change

Researchers' alarm: large-scale cultivation in the Amazon causes a decrease in rainfall and an increase in temperatures.
Environmental DNA (eDNA) offers more clear benefits than traditional techniques for soil ecosystem analyse. Photo: U.S. Army, Jessica Vandrick Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)U.S. Army, Jessica Vandrick Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

eDNA discloses the secrets of soil and helps us to protect it

eDNA enables scientists to extend their analyses of soil and ecosystems beyond the limits of traditional indicators
The request by MEPs comes in response to a troubling picture: as of today, EU land in poor condition accounts for at least 60 percent of total arable land. Photo: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP". (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Photo: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP". (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

EU lawmakers call for Soil Directive

The Environment Committee of the Europarliament calls for a soil directive. Now it's up to the EU Commission. But time is running out