Environment

'Caring for the planet starts from THE GROUND'

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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Yesterday the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) observed World Soil Day — celebrated annually on December 5 — to spread messages about the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being.

The global theme was 'Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground'.

According to the FAO:

• Soil holds three times as much carbon as the atmosphere and can help us meet the challenges of a changing climate

• 815 million people are food insecure and two billion people are nutritionally insecure, but we can mitigate this through soil.

• 95 per cent of our food comes from soil

• 33 per cent of our global soils are already degraded

In Jamaica, the national event was an exhibition staged by the Agricultural Land Management Division of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries at Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon.

Here are the highlights:

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