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Healthy Soils for a Healthier Planet

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 9:30

Tuesday, December 17, 2019. 9:30AM. Healthy Soils for a Healthier Planet. Maria Bowman, Soil Health Partnership; Eileen McLellan, Environmental Defense Fund; Under Secretary Bill Northey, US Department of Agriculture; Harold van Es, Cornell University. Sponsored by Resources for the Future and Atkinson Center for Sustainability. More information here.


The US Department of Agriculture defines soil health as “the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans.” But what does the term mean in practice, and why does it matter for human health, agricultural productivity, and ecosystem resiliency? Join Resources for the Future (RFF) and Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for Sustainability as we explore these questions and highlight the important role of soil health in finding climate solutions.


The event will open with a short primer on soil health, including an overview of the current health of US soils, what healthier soils might look like in future, and how research suggests we can foster such improvements. A panel of experts will share perspectives from various sectors—government, industry, and the conservation community—on how practices, technologies, and policies related to soil health are evolving.

Location  Resources & Conservation Center, 1400 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, and webcast