World Soil Day: capturing and measuring the benefits of soil health

On World Soil Day, we’ve gathered our best resources to help you explore the benefits of soil health and how you can measure them. Watch a short clip from Quantis soil expert Mariko Thorbecke and dig deeper into case studies and articles below.

Soils are fundamental to a thriving environment and a resilient food system. They supply crops with essential nutrients, water and support for their roots. Soils promote biodiversity and are a natural climate solution: healthy soil is a natural carbon sink. For companies in the food and beverage sector, healthy soil is vital for maintaining productivity and product quality.

The benefits and urgency of investing in soil health are clear, we just don’t yet have a standard way of accounting for the magnitude of these benefits. Quantis is working with leading companies on pilot projects that explore cutting-edge accounting methodologies that can push the whole industry forward.

Dig deeper into soil health

“As companies work to meet their carbon reduction targets, minimize risk within their supply chains and identify management strategies with the greatest regenerative potential, it is critical to understand soil health and be able to measure it. Leveraging the expertise of scientists and agronomists, companies can partner with farmers to advance conservation management practices that enable them to regenerate soils and grow food more sustainably.”

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“For many businesses, their bottom lines rely on soil for maintaining productivity and product quality. Changes in soil nutrition, stability and structure can have serious implications for the supply of raw materials as well as profits.”

> Read “Digging into soil health is good business

“The benefits of regenerative agricultural practices are well-identified, but understanding and quantifying the magnitude of these benefits can be difficult. Quantis partnered with General Mills to develop a new accounting methodology to integrate soil carbon stock into life cycle assessment.”

> Read case study: General Mills, accounting for soil impacts in carbon footprints

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