SOIL is DYING! Yes you read it right.

When we talk about saving our environment we typically talk or read about planting trees, saving water, reducing carbon emission etc. But we forget another very important part of this Environment which is soil. According to many surveys it is found that we are having fertile and useful soil for another 50-60 years. Can we imagine a life without proper soil? Answer to this question; make us realize the importance of SAVING SOIL.

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Soil is the habitat in which millions of lives thrive and ones there is no richness in soil all these lives will be affected and the effects will be only negative, putting the planet close to its end. Many scientists across the globe are clearly saying we have fertile soil only for 80 – 100 harvest only which means another 50-60 years of proper food supply. We should be aware that the population is increasing rapidly and reduction in food supply is not something we want to face.The consequences of food shortage will result in civil wars across the globe.

Soil is a non-renewable natural resource. And did you know that it can take up to 1000 years to form one centimeter of topsoil? But to destroy it will just take minutes. If there is heavy rain, there are no trees to hold the soil, and the soil gets destroyed. Pollution, industrialization, chemicals, harmful pesticides... there are many reasons for soil destruction.

Soil is getting extinct, but why? What is happening to our soil? We must know answers to these questions. If we remove all the organic content from soil it get converted to sand which is not very supportive to many lives. Every time we have a harvest, in a way we take soil and organic content out of the land. But there's nothing replenishing the soil. Even after harvest, the land is kept bare and exposed most of the time. This leads to Soil extinction- which means, the soil is losing its organic content and is turning into sand. Erosion, compaction, nutrient imbalance, pollution, acidification, water logging, loss of soil biodiversity and increasing salinity have been affecting soil across the globe, reducing its ability to support plant life and so grow crops.

This conversion of soil to sand leads to:

1. FOOD CRISIS                                   2. WATER SCARCITY      

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3. LOSS OF BIO DIVERSITY                4. CLIMATE CHANGE

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5. LOSS OF LIVELIHOOD                    6. CONFLICTS AND MIGRATION

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After having an idea about various adverse effects of soil extinctions, it is important to know about solutions and various steps we need to take to counter this problem for the survival of human and other living beings on this planet.

Following methods are normally adopted for conserving soil:

1. Afforestation.

2. Checking Overgrazing.

3. Constructing Dams.

4. Changing agricultural practices.

5. Spreading public awareness.

Even if we wanted to make soil, we couldn't do it. It’s a natural process that takes a long time. But the way we have been destroying the soil in the last few years so quickly! Because of that, we don’t have much time left now. We should understand the importance of this ultimate resource and should take immediate actions to counter this problem.

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“The Soil the soul of all the life upon this precious Planet. Soil the very Conundrum of life and Death. The only Magic material that turns Death into life.The Magic of Soil,the basis of all riches of life we see. Depleting Soils can unleash the unfed gastronomic fire to burn and annihilate the very world Let us not turn this Magic into Tragic ...” – Sadhguru









Mukesh Kumawat

CDP Volunteer,  Vairamani                                                                                 


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