This page aims to explore some of the issues of soil health and food sustainability and how that might relate to our own health. We will look in more detail at some of the solutions separately.
Human health cannot be viewed simply as a ‘health sector’ issue, but as a systemic ‘food-and-health’ issue. Our health and the food we eat depend on sustainable food systems – on how our food is grown and produced. This sustainability depends on the quality of our soil.
A sustainable food system is protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable, nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy, while optimizing natural and human resources
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
But, when we look closely at our food system, we become aware of how unsustainable it has become. We become aware of how disconnected we are from the soil in which our food is grown, from the crop varieties that offer us optimum health and from the bio-diverse, local ecosystems for planetary health.