A course to save our soils!

Solutions are beneath our feet. Healthy soil is the key factor in minimizing nutrient emissions from field and securing good yields and food supply. It can also store CO2 and mitigate climate change. During year 2018 BSAG organizes courses on soil for decision makers.

Healthy soil is the corner stone of food security. In addition to ensuring good crop yields, it prevents nutrients from leaking to waterways and has a huge potential to permanently store carbon dioxide from atmosphere to arable land. A handful of healthy soil contains more living organisms than there are people on the planet.

The condition of soil deteriorates every year. Global awareness about the importance of healthy soil has increased only recently. Agricultural actors can implement many solutions in their daily work, but politicians, public officers, decision-makers from companies, and journalists are also important collaborators because of their power to influence the application of steering instruments. Healthy soil is the foundation that ensures the well-being and safety of all countries.

During the course, the significance of soil is approached from the perspectives of social history and microbiology. The importance of nutrient cycling, and soil’s ability to store carbon are also explained. The course consists of a day-long field trip to Qvidja farm in Pargas. Qvidja is the oldest mansion in Finland, and its fields act as a test area for sustainable agriculture. The farm is a participant in an internationally significant Carbon Action pilot project that examines ways to speed up the sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere into arable land.

The course to save our soils is funded by the Finnish government’s key project funds.

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself”

Roosevelt, 1937