Would you support the save soil movement if you care “one health?”

There is a problem with the fast degradation of cultivable soils. A study estimates that arable land will be exhausted in the next 60 years.

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Organic soil need for healthy planet

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The soil has been neglected because it is under your feet. The soil is the largest living system, but unfortunately, people still consider it only an earth substance.” SADHGURU


“No matter how much wealth, education, and money we have, our children cannot live well unless we restore the soil and water. Conscious Planet, the only way forward.”Sadhguru

Riding a bike across the 27 nations by Sadhguru is a great effort to create a new consciousness about why we must need to save soil and how we can protect our new generation by acting now. This is the awareness journey. Saving soil gives a scientific awareness of soil health, which is directly bound to all the earth’s lives & ecosystem health. Reaching 100K posts on Instagram with the hashtag #SaveSoil movement shows that we are moving in the direction of the healthy change for nature. But we have to convey this spirit and scientific understanding to every person. The movement aims to bring the necessary policies and increase organic matter in the soil to a minimum of 3%.

Global leaders such as Jane Goodall, Dalai Lama, the World Economic Forum, United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification have lent their support to the movement.

red earthworm crawling on grassy soil
red earthworm crawling on grassy soil

HOW SOIL HEALTH MATTERS?

Do you ever think about why people do not feel healthy despite eating better? It is happening because of lack of nutritions. Here is some information pulled by Sadhguru’s Save Soil Movement website.

  • According to WHO, 2 billion people suffer from nutritional deficiencies.
  • According to a study on nutrients in food, we would need to eat eight oranges to get the same amount of Vitamin A that our grandparents consumed from one orange, because soil depletion has led to a massive drop in nutrient levels in food. (Scientific American)
  • Between 1914 and 2018, the mineral content of cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, and spinach in the US has decreased by 80-90% (NCBI).
  • Land degradation will cause the global economy to lose $23 trillion by 2050 (UNCCD).
  • The loss of crop productivity due to soil degradation ranges from $235 billion to $577 billion per year (IPBES).


A lack of nutrients is not a minor issue, and during this Pandemic, our bodies crave more organic power. What you eat directly affects your health and body. You cannot be healthy if your food is not nutritious. Likewise, soil rich in organic matter is required to grow plants well.

So we all need to understand the requirement of the ecology system, which balances nature’s productivity. We need to find causes and remedies and add them to the government’s rules for the act of action and awareness. Also, We need to ensure citizen participation in this process.

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In the absence of organic matter, the soil turns into sand and causes the following problems:
.FOOD CRISIS 
.WATER SCARCITY
.LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY
.CLIMATE CHANGE
.LOSS OF LIVELIHOOD
.CONFLICT AND MIGRATION



full length of man on water

A 7 billion-person world depends on soil for sustenance. A healthy soil keeps water clear and keeps the climate balanced. Agricultural yields are reduced by soil degradation, and farmers’ livelihoods are threatened. Nutrient-deficient soil will be inhospitable to plants incapable of combating desertification.

How can keep soil organic

  • Planting cover crops safeguard the soil surface from erosion, adds biomass to the soil, and create a habitat for microorganisms like fungi, which contribute to the soil’s biology and increase its ability to manage nutrients. 
  • Don’t use fertilizer because fertilizer and chemicals kill the soil’s microorganisms and organisms. The organisms help in decomposing the organic substance in the soil.
  • Don’t burn the crop remains because this causes a lot of pollution and destroys the substance’s organic content.Planting cover crops safeguard the soil surface from erosion, adds biomass to the soil, and create a habitat for microorganisms like fungi, which contribute to the soil’s biology and increase its ability to manage nutrients. 
  • The organism should be protected in the soil, don’t kill or reduced by fertilizer or other agro-related chemicals.
  • Most organic matter is found in the topsoil, so planting trees will decrease erosion.
  • The organism should be protected in the soil, don’t kill or reduced by fertilizer or other agro-related chemicals.
gray trunk green leaf tree beside body of water
gray trunk green leaf tree beside body of water
crop potter with clay in hands

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