The University of Sydney
4-6 December 2018
Soil security refers to the maintenance and improvement of the world’s soil resource to produce food, fibre and fresh water, while also contributing to energy and climate stability, maintaining biodiversity and protecting natural systems and human wellbeing more generally.
Planetary health is about safeguarding the health and wellbeing of current and future generations through good stewardship of Earth’s natural systems, and by re-thinking the way we feed, move, house, power and care for the world.
Soil security is an essential foundation for planetary health because the vast majority of terrestrial biodiversity is found within soil or is reliant on soils and 97% of the world’s food comes from agricultural soils.
Call for papers
The Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference Organising Committee are seeking papers on the five core dimensions of soil security:
as well as the wider issues of:
This short video is a snapshot of what the soil security concept is all about - Enjoy
Soil scientists have long been telling us,
'of the importance of soil to provide for our growing demand for food, water and energy, while at the same time meeting our exceptions that soil will provide ecosystem services that affect climate change, human health and maintain biodiversity'.
Yet an overarching concept that brings together these biophysical and socio-economic perspectives of soil is still lacking and this has led to the launch of the Soil Security concept
A new approach has been developed to measure changes in soil condition. This is illustrated in the paper published in Geoderma of soil change from pre-European to contemporary soil in the Hunter Valley, Australia
As promised on FAO Global Events for World Soil Day here is our SOILINAR to celebrate World Soil Day
Watch this video to learn about the recent advances in soil science and outreach, or you can also watch as a playlist, just click here