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Soil Matters

Soil Art Project

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Soil Change Matters

The International Workshop ‘Soil Change Matters’ in Bendigo, Australia, 24-27 March 2014, was convened to explore and discuss changes to soil in the Anthropocene (the era of human influence on the environment) – specifically, how our use of land and soil has affected soil quality and what policy responses are needed to ensure sustainability of the soil resource. The workshop brought together scientists, policy makers, land managers and other stakeholders for a forum in which over 70 separate presentations were made, ranging from the newest perspectives on soil biology to international policies for soil protection.

International Year of Soils

The United Nations have declared that 2015 is International Year of Soils and is a special time to celebrate and promote the importance of soil. Soil connects us all – food, clothes, building materials are all produced by soil, even the water we drink is filtered by soil.

Soil is culturally significant too, playing a part in our cultural enjoyment and recreation. It is the earliest material used in paintings and carries with it symbolic significance for the arts.

The results of many of Victoria’s celebrated sports events hinge on the condition of the soil and its management – the ‘going’ at the Flemington racecourse and which horse may win the Melbourne Cup, the cricket wicket at the MCG during a 5 day test and whether it favours batsman or bowler, pace or spin.

Soil is linked to human health, both positively and negatively. A positive example is the non-pathogenic bacterium Mycobacterium Vaccae, which occurs naturally in soil and has been linked to decreased anxiety, increased intelligence and promotes feelings of well-being.

Smell the good earth! And, one of the most exciting finds is the potential for new antibiotics to tackle antibiotic resistant bacteria. So there are many reasons to acknowledge the role played in our lives by the soil beneath our feet, a silent servant, 24/7.

There are a number of events being held in 2015 in honour of International Year of Soils.

International Year of Soil official logo
World Soil Day

Recognising the importance of soils, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) made a resolution in 2002 proposing that 5th December be known as World Soil Day - to celebrate and recognise the importance of soil as a critical component of the global natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being.

Tthe 38th Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Conference in 2013 unanimously endorsed two resolutions requesting that 5th December be officially designated as World Soil Day (WSD) and 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS).
World Soil Day official logo
Victorian State Soil

2005 was the 50th anniversary of the Australian Society of Soil Science Inc (ASSSI). To mark this occasion, the Victorian Branch of the ASSSI decided to increase awareness and appreciation of soils in Victoria by selecting a Victorian State Soil.

Soil Science Australia

The Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated is the peak body in Australia for soil scientists. The society holds regular meetings at National and State branch levels and is open to anyone interested in soil science. The society is also responsible for a certification and accreditation scheme for soil scientists.
Soil Science Australia official logo


Participate in a Soil ART project by contributing a soil sample to a soil map installation.

Soil for Sheep: Sheepvention 3-4 August at Hamilton Pastoral & Agricultural Society Inc

A meal prepared by Stefano DePieri with a soil narrative prepared by DEDJTR soil scientists.

World Soil Day in Federation Square.

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