Healthy soil provides a range of benefits:
- improved plant growth and yield
- enhanced water infiltration and retention
- reduced soil erosion
- increased carbon sequestration
- improved resilience to environmental stressors such as drought and extreme weather events.
There are many practices that can promote soil health, such as reducing tillage, rotating crops, cover cropping, and using organic or natural fertilizers and amendments.
Soil health is crucial for sustainable agriculture and ecosystem functioning, and efforts to promote soil health are increasingly recognized as important for addressing global challenges such as food security, climate change, and biodiversity conservation.