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Soil Care Network Newsletter

October 2019

by Anna Krzywoszyńska


Research and projects

  • As part of the Dutch Design week’s ‘Affair with Earth’ Ukrainian designers explored natural materials, amongst them earth as a surface for furniture-making; see their beautiful projects here

  • It looks like human activity has started to significantly accelerate soil erosion as long as 4000 years ago. A study of world-wide lake sediments and pollen records shows that “a significant portion of the Earth surface shifted to human-driven soil erosion rate already 4,000 y ago. (…) land cover change was the main driver of inferred soil erosion in 70% of all studied watersheds. This study suggests that soil erosion has been altering terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems for millennia”.

  • When it comes to understanding how much carbon is stored in soils, root dynamics matter, a new study finds.

Soil policy and social movements



Soil in the news



  • PED Talks – a new series of talks on soil related issues – has launched. PED Talks combine soil-related topics including explanations of soil health, how we can improve it, and the progress that’s being made to ensure we have the healthy soils necessary to feed, clothe and fuel the world in the future. You can watch them on YouTube here.



  • The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20), ‘Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity’ will be a science-policy meeting, held over three days, from 10-12 March, at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. The main objective is to fill some critical knowledge gaps and promote discussion among policy makers, food producers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders on solutions to live in harmony with nature, and ultimately, achieve the SDGs through the conservation and sustainable use of soil biodiversity.

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