Today’s post features a 16-minute video produced by IFPRI which explains the economics of land degradation. Though many of the spokespersons in it are from Africa, it applies to all nations everywhere.
1 . The world has been hoping for a breakthrough in antibiotic science, and now it seems one has emerged from the vast microbial world in soil. Perhaps this is just the start, as some have referred to soil as the next frontier.
6 . Though some of us might heartily agree, Tom Vilsack was joking when he told a rural Midwestern audience recently that “If my parents were alive today and knew I was the Secretary of Agriculture they would think that there was something seriously wrong with the country.” (!!!) An Iowa lawyer is indeed best qualified to be Secretary of Agriculture in today’s system which is largely about lobbying and politics.
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Let’s all celebrate world soil day and notice, for a change, what’s beneath our feet.