3 Things You Need to Know About Soil Health in 2022

The future of soil and planetary health is dependent upon human action. Adapted by RK from Image (ID 6037647 © Katrina Brown | Dreamstime.com)
The future of soil and planetary health is dependent upon human action. Adapted by RK from Image (ID 6037647 © Katrina Brown | Dreamstime.com)
Soil body may be any form of potted soil, a local field, or it can be extended to regional, national, or global scales. PhoPhoto Credit: ID 113223966 © Udra11 | Dreamstime.com
Soil body may be any form of potted soil, a local field, or it can be extended to regional, national, or global scales. PhoPhoto Credit: ID 113223966 © Udra11 | Dreamstime.com
Soil management must align with contiguous natural nutrient and biological processes to achieve sustainable agriculture. Adapted by RK from Image (ID 218751697 © Suphachai Panyacharoen | Dreamstime.com)
Soil management must align with contiguous natural nutrient and biological processes to achieve sustainable agriculture. Adapted by RK from Image (ID 218751697 © Suphachai Panyacharoen | Dreamstime.com)
  1. maximize the soil’s biodiversity
  2. maximize the continuous living roots
  3. minimize disturbance to the topsoil
  4. maximize the soil coverage
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Rajnish Khanna

Rajnish Khanna

Rajnish Khanna is founder and CEO of i-Cultiver and Global Food Scholar; Senior Investigator at Carnegie Science; Science Advisor at The Chopra Foundation.