Farmers, ranchers, ecologists and community champions are spreading the word. Healthy soil produces more food, retains more water, reduces erosion, and provides better rangelands for animals. Soil is a crucial building block for all natural resources and we need to do a better job of taking care of it.
The idea for healthy soil has been brewing internationally and nationally for some time. In 2016 at the Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, 32 nations agreed to the 4 per 1000 initiativecalling to increase carbon content in the top 40 cm of their soils by 0.4% per year. Improving soil health would remove about 3.5 gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere