World Soil Day: Stop Soil Erosion, Save Our Future

Each year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) marks World Soil Day on December 5. Through this initiative, FAO is raising the profile of healthy soil by encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health.

Did you know?

  • Every 5 seconds, the equivalent of one soccer field of soil is eroded.
  • It can take up to 1,000 years to produce just 2-3cm of soil.
  • Over 33% of the Earth’s soils are already degraded and 90% could become degraded by 2050.
  • Soil erosion can lead up to a 50% loss in crop yields.

Source: United Nations World Soil Day

How does compost improve soil quality?

Compost “enhances overall soil health and its resilience to shocks such as drought, including climate change adaptation. Compost is a rich source of organic matter, a substance vital for air, moisture and nutrient retention. Soil organic matter plays an important role in sustaining soil fertility, and hence in sustainable agricultural production.” Source: FAO, 2015

Also, compost “acts as a cushion to absorb the impact energy of rainfall, which reduces erosion.” Source: EPA, 2012

How can we use more compost to help soils?

Filtrexx products use locally recycled organic materials inside of photodegradable or biodegradable mesh. Diverting these organic materials from landfills and applying them to the soil means a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and preventing soil erosion, which keeps sediment from entering our waterways. Learn more about our environmental impact or contact us to collaborate on a project.

Compost Resources:

US Composting Council

Composting Council Research & Education Foundation

The Compost & Climate Connection and The Soil & Water Connection

As the Associate Marketing Manager for Filtrexx, Kristin specializes in print & digital marketing, graphic design, and website management. She also serves as the moderator for the monthly Filtrexx Webinar Series. Kristin attended the University of Toledo where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in both communication and environmental studies. After completing multiple internships with Filtrexx, she officially joined the Filtrexx team in 2010. In her free time, she enjoys exploring local parks with her husband, spoiling their two golden retrievers, and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.