SOIL MATTERS – A CALL FOR ACTION!
Message From The Chair
Canada is seen as a world leader in soil health and conservation. This reputation is built on our history of reducing the use of summerfallow, implementing sustainable crop production systems that reduce tillage, using direct-seeding methods and reducing soil disturbance. But, our historic success in being good stewards of our soil comes with a great deal of complacency.
In the last few years, there has been far too little activity on soil conservation or soil health in Canada. Challenges with funding, and to some extent, a mindset that Canada's soil is doing just fine has led to the erosion of further co-operation and action. Our job is far from over and we need to re-commit our efforts to ensure the legacy of soil health is sustained in Canada.
The challenges to Canada's soil resource are ever-changing. New crops (corn and beans in Western Canada) and production systems, changes in land tenure in the East, consumer and market preferences, and fluctuations in the world economy pose new challenges to soil conservation and health. Farmers, governments, scientists and agri-business must work together to understand these influences and develop appropriate solutions for sustaining our soil resource. By working together we can continue to bring the benefits of soil health to all Canadians and strengthen our role as a world leader in sustaining our soil.
Paul Thoroughgood, Chair
Soil Conservation Council of Canada