Healthy soil, why it matters. part 1

Dirt. You wash it off your hands, walk on it and probably feel squeamish when too much of it gets on your skin. Not something you think about too often. But soil is an important resource for everything from human health to agriculture to water filtration. Let’s start with a dramatic figure to set the scene of why we need to give the soil a little (a lot of) love. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): 33% of the world’s soil is moderate to highly degraded due to erosion, drought, loss of soil organic carbon, loss of biodiversity, destruction of ecosystems, habitat destruction, and pollution. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that half of the topsoil on Earth has been lost o