Soil is a vital infrastructure for people, businesses, and the planet

Soil provides us with essential food, water and carbon services, connecting our landscapes, societies and economies

FOOD, FIBRES & FUELS

Soil supports plant growth, feeding and clothing us, and helping us meet our energy needs as the use of
bioenergy grows

WATER

Soil stores water helping protect us against droughts and floods

CARBON AND CLIMATE

Soil is key to climate change as it is the largest store of organic carbon on the planet

Over 95% of our food comes from the soil

74% of the freshwater we use comes from the soil

Global Carbon store

 

A third of soils globally are highly or moderately degraded

Each year we add to this an area about half the size of the United Kingdom

Maintaining and enhancing soils
can help us:

Achieve a more sustainable food and energy system

Reduce the risk of flood and droughts
Mitigate against climate change and the associated socioeconomic risks

WE NEED TO ACT NOW TO MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE SOIL INFRASTRUCTURE