La FAO celebra World Soil Day 2022 con il lancio del primo rapporto globale sui suoli neri il 5 dicembre 2022 – alle 12:20 CET

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will celebrate World Soil Day 2022 and launch its first global report on black soils at a hybrid event in Rome on December 5. The theme of this year’s event is Soils: where food begins. 95 percent of the food we eat comes directly or indirectly from our soils. However, about one third of our soils are already degraded, and the level of vitamins and nutrients in food has fallen drastically over the last 70 years.Meanwhile, more than 2 billion people are affected by hidden hunger or micronutrient deficiency, while nearly 50 percent of our household waste could be composted to nurture our soil.When crops are harvested, nutrients are removed from the soil. These nutrients can be replaced by the addition of inorganic or organic fertilizers, but an underuse, misuse, or overuse of fertilizers increases greenhouse gas emissions, degrades soil and water resources and induces potential harm to animals and humans. The World Soil Day 2022 (WSD) and its campaign aim to raise awareness on the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the key challenges related to soil fertility, soil health and nutrient imbalance. WSD is a unique platform that celebrates soils and engages citizens around the world to improve soil health. During this celebration, the report on the Global Status of Black Soils and the Soil Atlas of Asia will be officially launched. Artistic performances and keynotes will enliven the celebration and the winners of the Glinka World Soil Prize and King Bhumibol WSD award will also be announced. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu will deliver opening remarks at 12:25 CET, followed by speeches from leading officials and experts, including Janusz Wojciechowski, EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Lee Seong-ho, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to FAO, and Victor Vasiliev, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation. The event will be webcast here and can also be followed by registering here.Journalists interested in interviewing FAO experts about the report may contact the FAO newsroom ([email protected])

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