The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) (A/RES/68/232).
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
According to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva:
“We now have adequate platforms to raise awareness on the importance of healthy soils and to advocate for sustainable soil management. Let us use them.”
Also expressed “We speak a lot of the importance of sustainable food systems for healthy lives. Well, it starts with soils.”
Though many recognize the FAO declaration as a largely symbolic gesture, many advocates of organic food and sustainable agricultural are planning to seize the designation as a way to push forth their message that the health of the planet’s soil should not be relegated as a metaphorical issue, but rather one that should be at the very heart of serious conversations and policy changes humanity must begin in order to transform its economic systems, its democracies, the way it generates power, and the way it feeds itself.
The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.
Links of interest: www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/
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