Good healthy soil is full of life. This vitality is passed on to everything growing in it. A healthy soil is the foundation for a healthy life, a healthy planet and healthy people. Any agricultural use must consider the fragile coexistence of billions of small creatures and microorganisms found in the soil. If it does not, then the life-giving force that is in the soil will disappear and disease and so-called pests will arrive.
However, if the soils are used gently and are stimulated, and if these soils are situated in a diverse environment landscaped in a species-rich way, then they will provide man and animal with everything that is needed.
In most cases humans are not aware of the connection between the soil and our nutrition, water, climate and biodiversity, and life. This is the reason why healthy soils and natural agriculture are important themes for The World Foundation for Natural Science and its teaching activity. On an international level it has also been recognised that soil and life in the soil are of critical importance for global food production (FAO-director José Graziano da Silva, 4.12.2014, World Soil Day, Rome) and this is important for our survival. In order to further this awareness, the FAO declared last year, 2015 the year of soils. Therefore, The World Foundation for Natural Science has put together a factsheet that shows how life in the soil is connected and gives tips for the proper handling of our soils. On that note we recommend to you the 2014 documentary “Symphony of the Soil”, which was officially part of the UN-International Year of Soils. Please have a look at the trailer of this wonderful film below.
„Excessive use of pesticides is very dangerous for the human health and the environment and it is misleading to claim that pesticides are necessary for ensuring food production.” In their report to the General Assembly of the United Nations and The Human Rights Council of the United Nations the special rapporteurs Dr. Hilal Elver und Baskut Tuncak contradict the paradigms of the agricultural chemistry industry giants. Read on...
Today’s industrialised agriculture creates sheer “agricultural deserts” through the wrong maxim of “Ever bigger, ever faster, ever cheaper”. But healthy soils and the pure drinking water filtered through them form the basis of all life. Only the small, flexible, local, rural agriculture possesses the corresponding sustainable solutions in order to help the soils recover. For example, climate farming with biochar: It increases the humus content and thus the fertility of the soil and in this way positively influences the soils, water, climate and foods – in short, the entire ecosystem.