soil quality

The GOOD, the Bad and the Wasteful

Over at GOOD magazine, July's 30-day Challenge is to Waste Less. (Twitter hashtag: #30daysofgood) Here at GRACE, we've been having a great time checking out the the GOOD staff updates and the responses to the questions they've been putting to their readers.

Soil Quality

Though healthy soil is invaluable, industrial agricultural practices degrade this natural resource by causing erosion, nutrient depletion, and soil contamination.


Pesticides are used extensively by industrial crop producers. Find out how these toxins damage the environment and compromise human health.

Sustainable Crop Production

Sustainable crop production is a way of growing or raising food in an ecologically and ethically responsible manner. This includes adhering to agricultural and food production practices that do not harm the environment, that provide fair treatment to workers, and that support and sustain local communities.

Organic Agriculture

What does "organic" actually mean? Find information about the USDA's National Organic Program, including its benefits and shortcomings.

Impacts of Industrial Agriculture

Learn how industrial agriculture damages the environment, threatens human health, degrades rural communities, harms workers, and compromises animal welfare.

Let's Talk About Dirt!

At the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (a pioneer educational institution and the first museum created expressly for kids), a workshop on soil teaches kids about dirt and its wonders. Watch the video and learn with the kids about soil, seeds, and the world class Olympic snail race.

Discovery Education - The Dirt on Soil

We know less about life in the earth under our feet than we do about the far side of the moon, yet every plant and animal you can think of depends on this vast hidden ecosystem. Dig into this underground universe and meet its tiny but helpful residents using Discovery Education’s "The Dirt on Soil" guide.

Living Soils

Soil is more than just "brown stuff." Explore the world right under your feet using the interactive Living Soils tool created by the University of New England.

National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Quality Site

Healthy soil gives us clean air and water, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife, and beautiful landscapes. This site includes an overview of basic soil quality concepts, a soil quality glossary, and the online Soil Biology Primer.

The Healthy Farm: A Vision for US Agriculture

Recently, the Union of Concerned Scientists put together a policy brief, in which they outline a vision of a healthful alternative to the unsustainable practices that are involved in industrial agriculture. Accompanied by a bright interactive web feature illustrating the components of a healthy farm, the brief spells out the principles, practices and benefits that come along with a shift toward farming based on ecological principles, or agroecology.

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