In heavily farmed parts of Central America, South America, and across the Caribbean, “the most degraded soils have not reached the point of no return. They can still be restored.”
So says CFAES’
Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and 2020 World Food Prize laureate, who’s helping lead a new, 34-country initiative to tackle that restoration.
Why it’s important: Some 36 million people in the region don’t have enough good food to eat, and degraded soils play a role in it. Success, Lal says, will mean “we can eliminate hunger and malnutrition in the region, and we can protect the natural resources that are now being degraded.”
Read the story.
Wicked Leeks (UK), Dec. 4; featuring
Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources
Farm and Dairy, Nov. 28; featuring Linda Saif, Food Animal Health Research Program
Farm and Dairy, Nov. 26; featuring Zoe Plakias, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
World Soil Day, CFAES celebrates the essential role of soil in sustaining life.
And we use this day to share exciting news. CFAES’
Rattan Lal Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture are teaming up to launch the new “Living Soils of the Americas” initiative. Its goals: Fight the degradation of soil, improve people’s food security.
Read more about the initiative.
What’s the best we can do for the soil? Take care of it. Protect it. Make it healthier.
In Africa, CFAES researcher
Richard Dick discovered a shrub that does just that—and in doing so, gives hope for greater food security. Read the story.
Please join us tomorrow for a
celebration of World Soil Day.
“Restoring soil health,” CFAES soil scientist
Rattan Lal says, “is essential to restoring human health.”
World Food Prize laureate, he knows that solving our biggest challenges starts beneath our feet.
Join us on Friday for a celebration of World Soil Day.
For farmers, managing their soil well means giving exactly what it needs. No more, no less.
Now they have
updated guidelines to do that from CFAES researcher Steve Culman and team.
The guidelines’ goal is healthy soil — and healthy crops and water too.
Join us this Friday to celebrate World Soil Day.
Nicholas Basta is an expert on things that may contaminate soil.
Here, in an article on HGTV’s website, he
shares tips for gardeners on dealing with a bad one.
The upcoming World Soil Day shows that the soil’s health is linked to our own.
Join us in celebrating World Soil Day.
We invite you to join us this
Friday, Dec. 4, for a celebration of World Soil Day. Our free public virtual program will feature:
a keynote by
Andrew Margenot of the University of Illinois; a keynote by CFAES’ esteemed
Rattan Lal; and details on CFAES student research into soils, climate, farming, and food security.
Learn more and register now to attend.
Forests News, Oct. 19; featuring
Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)
Waste 360, Oct. 16; featuring
Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant
Radio Iowa, Oct. 15; featuring Rattan Lal, SENR
CFAES last week honored its own
Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate, with a video retrospective of his life and career, which you can watch above. Lal is Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.
The video includes the announcement that
Lal’s name is being added to the center that he founded—what will now be called the Rattan Lal Carbon Management and Sequestration Center.
You can watch the World Food Prize award ceremony itself, which the World Food Prize Foundation hosted on Oct. 15,