Organic Agriculture & Soils

Soils are a non-renewable resource on which 95% of our food supply depends. Short-sighted chemical fertilizer applications in conventional farming are depleting soils at an alarming rate. Instead of using potent chemicals that degrade soil, organic farmers continuously give back to the soil, maintaining soil health and fertility for future generations. 

To raise awareness about, promote and galvanize international support for the sustainable management of soils, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) and asked IFOAM – Organics International to join the IYS Steering Committee

On this page you can find resources on the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions

Resources on Soil

Click below to read our soil fact sheet:


IFOAM - Organics International member Navdanya showcases the beauty and fragility of soil: 

Video created by the Tadpole Artists Collective with financial support from the Fred Foundation.



"Good soils = good products," says organic wine-grower Brandino Brandolini D'Adda. Take a tour of his vineyard: 


More about the IYS.
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