People who work the land will tell you winter is a fairly peaceful time on a farm. The summer harvest is in and preparations for new plantings are relatively quiet until the new year.
But behind the deep winter breath taken by those who cultivate the land: constant worry. Because – in nature, anything can go wrong. And when you throw in human activities, the anxiety is non-stop about what lies ahead in a period of climate change, pandemic, population growth and war.
These are the themes of the 2022 World Soil report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), an assessment of the state of the land on Earth, with a