New Publication Connects Soil and Human Health

A recent publication by Brevik et. al. titled Soil and Human Health: Current Status and Future Needs looks at how soil health and human health are connected.

The publication, available through Air, Soil and Water Research, introduces the concept that soil health is a key social determinant of health and explores the current status of soil pollution, soil microorganisms, and soil macroorganisms to human health, as well as nutrient supply from the soil. The article also establishes the need for communication with the public on the connection between soil and human health. 

The article cites the Soil Health Institute’s Conference on Connections Between Soil Health and Human Health, during which scientists and organization leaders developed 10 research recommendations to advance both science and policy communications between soil health and human health.