We lose 24 billion tons of fertile land each year

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that the world loses 24 billion tons of fertile land every year, largely due to agriculture.⁠

“Industrial agriculture is good at feeding populations but it is not sustainable. It’s like an extractive industry.” – External Relations, UN⁠

We’ve seen first-hand what loss of fertile land can cause – often including forced migration and hunger. We need to restore our lands to reduce these risks, including the risk of conflict, allow everyone access to a secure, and local, food supply (wherever possible) and address the climate and biodiversity crises.⁠

“Desertification, land degradation and drought are major threats affecting millions of people worldwide, particularly women and children.”⁠

Sometime we gaze around and wonder why there still seems to be such a lack of urgency when we have data like this staring at us. We know soil isn’t a sexy topic and that we all most commonly talk about deforestation when it comes to land, so we’re up for ideas from the brains trust here!