Top soil loss

Top soil is finite on a human time scale. It takes a

thousand years or more to create just a small layer.

We are exhausting and losing top soil without

much consideration, and we have no viable technological

fix to replace topsoil on a reasonable scale.

Most of all food is grown on land – in the thin

layer of soil which covers the rocks underneath.

At the current rate of loss, due to intensive

agricultural practices, toxification and

overtake by urban and industrial
development, we risk running out of topsoil in the next 60

As there is little plant life without

topsoil, it is hard toconceive of much animal

life either. No soil, no life.


David Montgomery - Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations Engaging lecture of how the skin of our planet is slowly being eroded away, with potentially devastating results by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Reportage : Soigneurs de Terres

Episode 05 : La formation des sols

Our brief introduction to the importance of top soil for people

Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues - article by Scientific American

The Fungi thing about soil by Hannah Steenbergen

Soil Solutions to Climate Problems - Narrated by Michael Pollan

PDF report by Prof David Pimentel: Soil Erosion: A Food and Environmental Threat

Nature Conservancy 1:25 min video. Edward Norton is the Soil

TIME article: What If the World’s Soil Runs Out? A broken food system is destroying the soil and fuelling health crises and conflicts.

Video 11:13 min - Life and Death in the soils by Lydia and Claude Bourguignon showing soil biodiveristy and its importance to us (in French)

This 5:30 min animated film tells the reality of soil resources by globalsoilweek.og and FAO (in few major languages)

See how much you know about soil - take our quiz!

Video, 5 min. New Mexico State University scientist’s work in carbon sequestration and soil biology.

World Economic Forum article - What if soils run out, who will be impacted and how?

Why soil matters more than we realise - Blog post by Richard Bardgett

Nice short video about how soils clean and capture water. Soils clean water through physical, chemical and biological systems.

Is Climate Change Putting World's Microbiomes at Risk? - An excellent report by Jim Robbins, based on a recently published study on how climate change disrupt the microbes in the earth’s soil and the key functions they provide.