Societal support for the outcome of soil health by Ralph C. Martin

There are compelling reasons to protect water quality and to adjust our lives in order to have enough water in the future. In addition, clean air is crucial for our health and well-being. Both water and air are accepted as public goods. All citizens, including farmers, want clean air and water, now and in the future. Healthy soil is also a fundamental environmental attribute. Soil organic matter when at high levels along with soil aggregate stability and active microbial populations can moderate drought by holding water for plant roots to exploit. Similarly, soil organic matter and associated soil characteristics improve infiltration of water into soil when there is excess precipitation. Climate change is expected to be about increased volatility with too much or too little water, or temperatures that are too high or too low, at vulnerable stages of crop growth. Below is the article in full.

Societal support for soil health, July-16