The role of soil carbon sequestration in enhancing human resilience in tackling global crises including pandemics

Cornelia Rumpel, Farshad Amiraslani, D Bossio, Claire Chenu, Beverley Henry, Alejandro Fuentes Espinoza, Lydie-Stella Koutika, Jagdish Ladha, Beata Madari, Budiman Minasny, A.O. Olaleye, Yasuhito Shirato, Saidou Nourou Sall, Jean-Francois Soussana, Consuelo Varela-Ortega

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Abstract

Soils have recently received attention in the policy area due to their various connections to climate change, human health and their key role in sustaining human societies in general. In this context, agricultural production and healthy nutritious food are linked to soil health and the diversity of their (micro-)biome, which depend on organic carbon materials as an energy and nutrient source. In this paper, we review the evidence showing that carbon-rich soils improve the resilience of human societies to pandemics and other crises. We indicate pathways for how the loss of soil carbon due to farming could be reversed by transformations within our food systems. Moreover, we argue that soil carbon has a strong role to play in enhancing environmental and human health in
addition to mitigating and adapting to climate change. This multifaceted role requires a transdisciplinary dialogue and multi-stakeholder collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100069
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalSoil Security
Volume8
Early online date1 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • soil health
  • human health
  • Covid; Socio-economy
  • multi-stakeholder collaborations
  • sustainability

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