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2015 is the International Year of Soils, as defined by the United Nations, and people all over the world are waking up to the integral solutions found in our earth’s fragile, but potent soil system. Healthy living soil can sequester carbon in the atmosphere, and as Joel’s website says, “Stimulating soil biota is our first priority. Soil health creates healthy food.” In this time of climate chaos, soil degradation, and deepening food crises, it is low-income communities that are hurt first and worst.
As soil-lover Nikki Silvestri reminds us, “resilience is not about bouncing back, but about strengthening communities that have been historically under-resourced.” Now is the time to create jobs, grow healthier food, and build equitable communities. And as David Rose says, “The soil is everything. The fate of our bodies, our species and our ecosystem is the same and must all be healed together.”