Friday, December 5th has been recognized as the first official World Soil Day, to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing, by UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo noted that, “Healthy soil is not only the foundation of food production, but is critical to the health of ground and surface waters and ecosystem health, and sequesters twice as much carbon as is found in the atmosphere.

The day also launches 2015 as International Year of Soils (IYS). The goal of the IYS is to raise awareness on the importance of “Healthy soils for a healthy life”.

Did you know?

  • 95% of our food comes from soil
  • 83% of arable land in North and South America is used for family farming
  • Sustainable soil management could produce up to 50% more food
  • Soil is made of 45% minerals, 25% water, 25% air and 5% organic matter

Learn more about the amazing role of soil in human health and well being here.

Some other important dates to put on your calendar:

April 19 – 23, 2015                   Global Soil Week

April 22, 2015                            Earth Day

April 24, 2015                            Arbor Day

August 23 – 28, 2015              World Water Week

Nov 30 – Dec 11, 2015            UN Climate Change Conference in Paris