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Soil: The Foundation of Nutrition

Soil: The Foundation of Nutrition

Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life.

Lest we forget that we as humans are part of the earth’s ecosystem. We get our nutrients from the plants and animals we eat (many of which eat the plants too) and the water we drink.

If the soil is malnourished, then we too will suffer.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations focused on how “Over 2 Billion People Suffer from Micronutrient Deficiencies.” ¬†Many soils around the world, including many in the US are suffering from declining nutrient content.

For example, this illustration highlights 18 nutrients necessary for both plant growth and human health — both Micronutrients like zinc, iron, calcium, copper, manganese and Macronutrients like phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium.

The good news is that sustainable soil management practices such as crop rotation, reducing erosion, and increasing soil organic matter content, also preserve nutrients.

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