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  • Liza Boone

Why Soil Building

Soil is a critical component of our planet's ecosystem, providing the foundation for plant growth, nutrient cycling, water filtration, and carbon sequestration. Unfortunately, modern agricultural practices and urbanization have caused significant soil degradation, leading to reduced crop yields, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and soil erosion.

Soil building is the process of restoring and maintaining healthy soils through the addition of organic matter, the use of cover crops, and the reduction of tillage. This practice has a profound effect on the environment, human health, and the ecosystem as a whole.

One of the most significant benefits of soil building is its effect on the environment. Healthy soils are critical for mitigating climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When soil organic matter is increased, the soil's ability to hold and store carbon is enhanced, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, healthy soils absorb and filter water, reducing the risk of flooding and erosion, and improving water quality.

Soil building also has a positive impact on human health. Healthy soils produce nutrient-dense food that is essential for maintaining a healthy diet. Additionally, healthy soils contain a diverse microbiome that has been linked to improved mental health, immune function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases.

The ecosystem also benefits from soil building. Healthy soils provide habitat for a diverse range of organisms, from soil bacteria and fungi to insects and small mammals. These organisms play critical roles in nutrient cycling, pollination, and soil health.

Finally, soil building has a significant impact on groundwater. Healthy soils act as a sponge, holding water and allowing it to slowly seep into the ground. This process helps to replenish groundwater supplies and reduce the risk of drought.

Soil building is a critical practice for maintaining healthy soils and mitigating the negative effects of modern agriculture and urbanization. By improving soil health, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality, and support healthy ecosystems and human populations. Join the soil building movement today and help create a healthier planet for future generations.


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