Making A Positive Change: Soil Conservation Initiatives Around The World

Soil conservation is an important crucial activity. In its simplest form, the conservation of soil involves preventing erosion and fertility loss. If soil becomes eroded and loses its fertility, then plants will be unable to receive the adequate nutrients that they require and will be unable to grow. Some several organisations and initiatives operate all around the world and are dedicated to soil assessment and conservation practises. Let’s take a look at some of these organisations.

Kiss the Ground

Kiss the Ground is a non-profit advocacy group based out of California, USA. Their primary goal is focusing on regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is a farming system that seeks to capture carbon in soil. This system enriches soil, increases biodiversity, enhances the ecosystem’s services and increases health and vitality for farming and ranching communities.

This organisation is also heavily invested in media and education and strive to educate and spread global awareness for their mission. This includes online courses, middle school curriculums, online and face-to-face workshops as well as general informative brochures and buying guides. They even hold a seven-week training course that covers all you need to know on regenerative agriculture, healthy soil, water scarcity and other similar topics.

Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute was started in 1947 when J.I. Rodale wrote on a chalkboard “Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People”. With that mantra in mind, Rodale Institute has been striving for the organic revolution. They dedicate their efforts to three principles:

  1. Assisting farmers with the transition to regenerative organic farming so the future can not only be healthier for humans but also our soil and the environment around us. This is done through training webinars, online courses, workshops, farm consulting and other similar educational activities.
  2. Agriculture can be further improved through science. Practical farming system trials are run – including their 40-year-long trial on American grain cropping systems. Other trials include their industrial hemp trial, watershed impact trial and their research into how pics can be best raised under healthy and nurturing environments instead of in confinement.
  3. Educating the general public about the importance of an organic future. This principle is based purely on refraining from inputting synthetics into soil and instead relying on the natural cycle of the environment to produce organic food. Rodale Institute has a goldmine of information on sustainability and how to lead the way to an organic future.


The non-profit research and development organisation known as SOIL is based in Haiti and concentrates on the future of sanitation solutions. In the wake of the world’s current sanitation issues, SOIL is looking towards sustainable sanitation options whilst also maintaining an economical approach using new technologies. 

More than half of the world lacks toilet facilities that safely dispose of human waste and in Haiti, 70% of the population are without improved sanitation. When it comes to waste treatment in the country the number is dangerously low – under 1%. SOIL’s approach to this matter is circular:

  • Containment.
  • Collection.
  • Transfer.
  • Transport.
  • Treatment.
  • Compost Application.
  • Transformation.

Then, the cycle repeats. Through this, not only are SOIL helping to combat disease by promoting and supplying safer alternatives, but they’re also improving agriculture and soil quality.

World Soil Day

Whilst this is not a non-profit organisation working towards soil and agricultural conservation methods – it does still fall under that category. World Soil Day is a national day established by the International Union of Soil Sciences in 2002. The day – December the 5th– is meant to promote greater understanding and spread awareness of just how critical soil is to our ecosystem and the contribution of our wellbeing as humans. In 2013 the United Nations officially decreed that the 5thof December would be known as World Soil Day and that it would be used as a platform to promote the role of soil.

Soil assessment in Melbourne

Conserving soil is a noble and crucial action, and we all must do our part – no matter how small. Alpha Environmental are premium environmental consultants that can administer soil assessments for you to gain a better understanding of if your soil is contaminated or not. 

We perform this service if you’ve recently acquired land and are looking to build on it or cultivate it. In addition to soil assessments, our environmental consultants are also licensed and trained to perform other environmental services.

So, if you require a soil assessment or would simply like to know more about what you can do to conserve soil, then please give us a call on 1300 039 181. Alternatively, you can fill out the enquiry form on our website.