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Soil is a remarkable and indispensable element on our planet, serving as the lifeblood for all creatures, whether they are plants, animals, or humans. It provides sustenance not only in the form of food but also plays a crucial role in filtering water, mitigating the risk of floods, purifying water, and even influencing weather patterns.

Plants and trees, the very foundation of terrestrial life, derive their nourishment and anchorage from the soil. In a beautiful ecological exchange, they absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) during photosynthesis and release oxygen, enriching our atmosphere with life-sustaining oxygen. However, the global soil quality is deteriorating, signifying a decline in its essential elements and fertility. This degradation stems from various human activities and agricultural practices, including deforestation, unregulated animal grazing in open fields, the pursuit of profit-driven monoculture farming, excessive chemical use, rampant forest fires, and widespread construction.

As a consequence of these practices, the delicate balance of soil composition becomes disrupted. Erosion caused by wind and water leads to soil depletion and increased acidity and salinity. This, in turn, results in reduced fertility, transforming once-arable land into a barren wilderness. The risk of floods escalates as the soil’s ability to absorb water diminishes. Once the soil becomes unusable, restoring it to its former state is an arduous and lengthy process.

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Preserving soil health is of paramount importance; even the slightest degradation can have dire consequences. It’s essential to recognize that the formation of just a few centimeters of fertile soil can take over a millennium. Alarming statistics from the United Nations World Food Programme indicate that 40% of the Earth’s soil is already degraded. If we fail to address this degradation, the percentage may soar to a devastating 90% by 2050, rendering vast tracts of soil unusable. The repercussions of such widespread soil degradation are potentially catastrophic, impacting food security and causing immeasurable costs to humanity. The preservation of food resources will be severely compromised, as 40% of the world’s soil would lack the necessary natural resources, as per the UN.

Recent research has revealed that every citizen in Europe indirectly bears a financial burden, losing an estimated 112 Euros annually due to soil degradation. Recognizing the urgency of this issue, spiritual leader Sadguru from India has initiated the ‘Save Soil’ movement, garnering support from around the world and the United Nations. This movement aims to raise awareness and promote sustainable practices to safeguard this precious resource upon which all life on Earth ultimately depends.

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