ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange County, Florida, the United States and nations across the globe will celebrate World Soil Day 2017 on Tuesday, December 5, under the theme: “Caring for the planet starts on the ground.”
Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor
“For the last three years, my office has worked in collaboration with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Orange County Environmental Protection Division and conservation groups on protecting and preserving soil and land use in Orange County,” said Supervisor Daisy Morales, an elected official with the Orange Soil and Water Conservation District, a subdivision of the state of Florida.
“Soil is an essential ingredient to healthy food and nutrition,” stated Morales. “The annual World Soil Day gives us another opportunity to focus our attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.”
“My push for more community gardens across Orange County is just another way to bring awareness to our natural resources, especially soil and water,” Supervisor Morales added.
UN Food and Agriculture Organisation
World Soil Day is observed internationally on the 5th day of December as part of efforts led by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to raise awareness of the importance of this natural resource. It is aimed at highlighting the importance of protecting the soil and strategies for its sustainable use.
Soil, which is an essential resource and a vital part of the natural environment from which most of the food is produced, is under pressure from increases in population, higher demands for food and competing land uses. The FAO reports that approximately 33 percent of global soils are degraded.
Soil also provides living space for humans, as well as essential ecosystem services, which are important for water regulation and supply, climate regulation and biodiversity conservation.
“On this World Soil Day, I urge the public to get involved by planting a tree, starting a community garden or volunteering with an existing one, or do a community clean-up to help beautify the place where we live, work and play,” Supervisor Morales exhorted.