‘Why Soil Matters? - A European perspective’ - congress proceedings
Soil Congress at EU Parliament Nov 2015 - with Olivier de Schutter, Christine Watson, Andrea Vettori, Jenny Wong, Joszi Smeets and many others

FAO infograph explaining the link between Soil and Climate
Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change

Soil Atlas 2015 (English)
Soil Atlas 2015 by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and others (English)

Bodenatlas 2015 (German)
Soil Atlas 2015 by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and others (German)

The Save Our Soils "Amsterdam" Declaration
The Declaration by Save Our Soils as it was presented on 26 June 2015 at Celebrating Soil! Celebrating Life! in Amsterdam.

Sustainable Intensification Model
A publication on sustainable intensification by NewForesight, partner of Save Our Soils

FAO infograph Saving Our Soil
FAO infograph explaining why soil is a non-renewable resource

Save Our Soils Toolkit - English
This PDF gives an overview of the materials we can provide to help you communicate about soils

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Agriculture - Berkeley
Organic amendments, particularly compost, can enhance biomass and sequester carbon on grasslands while reducing emissions from the waste sector.

WWF Magazin Artikel over Bodems - in German
The soil beneath our feet is the foundation of our lives - literally. A general introduction to the subject.

Regenerative Organic Agriculture And Climate Change - Rodale Institute
Recent data from farming systems and pasture trials around the globe show that “regenerative organic agriculture” can reverse the greenhouse effect

Soil Erosion: A Food and Environmental Threat
Humans obtain more than 99.7% of their food from the land and less than 0.3% from aquatic ecosystems. Each year about 10 million ha of cropland are lost due to soil erosion, thus reducing the cropland available for food production. Soil is being lost from land areas 10 to 40 times faster than the rate of soil renewal.

European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity - by EC/JRC (intro)
Soil contains at least one quarter to one third of all living organisms on the planet. Biodiversity loss and climate change are two of the most pressing challenges of or time. Soil biodiversity is part of the solution to both. Full PDF at

Enhanced top soil carbon stocks under organic farming
This scientific report proves that organic farming improves carbon content of soil. Research funded by the FAO.

Carbon sequestration potential of reclaimed desert in Egypt
This report shows how even desert can be transformed to fertile soil, with the use of compost and agro-ecological farming techniques. By Dutch-based Louis Bolk Institute and Soil & More.

Comparative analysis of organic and non-organic farming systems
This FAO report compares the economic feasibility of organic and non-organic farming systems. "Overall, the complied data suggest that organic agriculture is economically more profitable".

Organic Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation
This FAO report discusses the great potential of organic agriculture for Climate Change Mitigation.

Soil, the hidden part of climate cycle; European Commission
This report gives a very concise and clear overview of the enormous impact of soil on the climate cycle. "A release of just 0,1% of the carbon now contained in European soils would be equal to the annual emissions of 100 million cars."

The state of Soil in Europe; jrc_reference_report_2012
This reports makes an inventory of the current situation of European soils. "Soil resources in many parts of Europe are being over-exploited, degraded and irreversibly lost."

The Farming Systems Trial; Celebrating 30 years, Rodale Institute
This report from the Rodale institute shows how 30 years of research demonstrate the positive effects of agro-ecological farming on climate change mitigation, energy use and farm resilience.

The state of the World
This report by the FAO illustrates how closely soil and water use are interlaced. It makes and inventory of the current situation and extrapolates to the near future.

Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950-1999
This report illustrates the decline of the nutritional value of our food in the second half of the 20th century as a result of industrial farming and plant breeding.



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