- Soil is a very significant carbon sink
- Soil is the largest water soak on the planet
- 87% of life on the planet, depends on 36-39 inches of topsoil (on average). What can you build without soil?
In late 2021 Sadhguru and the Conscious Planet woke me up to the dying soil crisis. A lot of what I share about saving soil, comes from watching many hours of Sadhguru and scientists discussing saving soil; and reading blogs.
Sadhguru (65), yogi, Guinness World Records environmentalist, and founder of Isha Foundation, one of the largest volunteer run non profit’s in the world, has committed to ride 100 days, on a motorcycle, 30,000 KM, through 27 countries.
Saying this is “an effort to bring a policy in 192 countries that if you own agricultural land, a minimum of 3-6% organic content should be there (in the soil). This is our responsibility for the future generation.”
Farmer Suicides & Income Must be Addressed
Farmer suicide rates are alarming. Farming is not easy or profitable for local farmers. The majority of farmers’ children, have no interest in farming.
Sadhguru advocates farming to be a well paid profession. Informing the United Nations, his mission is to facilitate the marriage of ecology and economy.
Organic content levels are easy to measure and verify.
Once a crop is done, soil often sits dry and unproductive. Pesticides push production. Both practices kill the microbial life required for healthy soil. Making it even harder on the farmer next year.
Two ideas to increase farmer income is with carbon credits and increased food prices, based on levels of organic content in the soil. Food grown in soil with 3% to 6% organic content, taste better, has more micronutrients and sequesters more carbon.
What Are Your Thoughts & Insights?
I welcome your input and conversation around this topic. It’s really critical our voices get loud to save soil.