This article was originally published on The Country.
“One teaspoon of soil contains more living organisms than there are people in the world. Without this “biological diversity” there would be no terrestrial life on earth.
In addition to providing habitat for billions of organisms, soil acts as a water filter and growing medium. It contributes to biodiversity, solid waste treatment, acts as a filter for wastewater and supports agriculture. Unlocking the secrets of this complex chemical, physical and biological powerhouse – a powerful source of “natural capital” – has had a huge impact on human life.
The transformation of this type of natural capital into resources that people value and use is generally called ecosystem services. It is a concept gaining more attention as we see environmental pressure increasingly applied to the health of resources, such as soil, we once took for granted…”
Read on at: The Country.