Rethinking the Value of Soil
Did you know that it takes a very long time to make a small amount of soil? That said, if we wanted to clean all the contaminated soil in the world, it would take us thousands of years to finish the job.
Clean, healthy soil is an important factor in the survival of all species. More than just the damp, brown dirt that helps trees grow, soil is actually home to a variety of minerals and organisms that work together to sustain life. But much like clean air and water, clean soil is becoming increasingly difficult to come by; a serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately if we care about future generations.
Soil Pollution: A Global Concern
In 2014, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization called for a Global Partnership meeting1 to discuss the global issue of soil depletion. The goal of the meeting was to encourage all participating states to do their part in preserving what’s left of the world’s clean soil, which was down to about 77% that year.
Chemical pollution as a result of urbanization is the leading cause of soil contamination in the world. In 20172, it was revealed that about 16% of China’s total soil was polluted; a problem that would take lifetimes to solve.
How soil pollution affects you
Taken at face value, the difference between polluted and unpolluted soil cannot be easily distinguished. When you plant on contaminated soil, chances are, it will grow the way it normally does. But when the produce is consumed, that is when the difference between clean and unclean soil becomes apparent. Eating food that is grown from contaminated soil has been proven to cause serious illnesses, including cancer (due to the accumulation of toxic chemicals). The chemicals absorbed by contaminated soil also get absorbed by what is planted on it. Those chemicals, in turn, find their way into the bodies of the organisms that happen to consume the contaminated plant.
Doing our part to combat soil pollution
Soil pollution may take a long time to solve, but that does not mean we should all just leave it to our governments to resolve. One way to ensure the survival of future generations is through spreading awareness about the dangers of soil pollution. Encouraging more people to learn about the issue and how they can help address it is the first step to finding a lasting solution.
A more active approach that you can practice is supporting organic farming. Getting your food from companies or local producers who adhere to the principles of sustainable farming is one way to make sure that what is left of the world’s clean soil is continuously being cultivated.
Sekaya is one of a growing number of brands in the Philippines that support sustainable farming and production. The ingredients in their line of botanic infusions are sourced only from USDA-certified organic farms around the world. Sekaya’s thrust is to bring revolutionary and ethical solutions to the health and wellness concerns of their customers.
Links to studies:
1: UN,News (2014, July 24). UN agency calls for urgent action to protect global soil from depletion, degradation. Retrieved from https://news.un.org/en/story/2014/07/473762-un-agency-calls-urgent-action-protect-global-soil-depletion-degradation
2: Economist, The (2017, June 8) The most neglected threat to public health in China is toxic soil. Retrieved from https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21723128-and-fixing-it-will-be-hard-and-costly-most-neglected-threat-public-health-china