The Importance of Soil and Its Conservation [Video] – this 5+ min video is packed with statistics about soil and how we use and thoughtlessly misuse this most valuable of resources. See more at Global Soil Forum, a European partnership that recently sponsored the first Global Soils Week. The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative is the scientific arm of this effort, based at Colorado State University.
Another excellent source for information on the conservation of soil is the Soil Not Oil campaign of Dr. Vandana Shiva. If you ever have a chance to hear her talk on the subject or to read her book of the same name, it will be worth the effort. She’s a dynamic speaker and makes a very convincing argument for the ability of sustainably worked soil to support all the people on this planet.