- Understand soil health and regenerative systems around the world and their impacts on the environment and the global food system. Validate methods for soil health measurement across soils and regions. Involve farmers in research efforts. Use existing programs in Agricultural Extension and Farm Bill programs to assist in implementation, motivation, and education.
- Understand the fundamental microbiome structures and functions related to land management, soil health, and human health. Connect existing research on the human microbiome to the soil microbiome.
- Determine how the known suite of soil health practices can impact human wellness, economy, and the environment. Determine the mechanism linking soil management with nutrition (density) and content of the food produced.
- Characterize human-soil interactions for exposure analyses, health impacts, and avenues for intervention. Communicate results with scientific, grower, and technical stakeholders at various scales and locations.
- Identify specific partners to increase and optimize bioavailability in soil health agricultural management systems to decrease contamination and promote community well-being.
Connections Between Soil Health and Human Health
Healthy soils contribute to a range of ecosystem functions in the environment, such as sustaining plant and animal productivity and biodiversity, maintaining or enhancing air and water quality, and supporting human health and habitation.