In celebration of the International Year of Soil 2015 (IYS), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout the year to educate the public about the importance of soil. October’s theme is “Soils and the Products We Use”. In SSSA’s October 1 Soils Matter blog post, experts explain the relationship between our food and the soil.

According to Tom Rice, SSSA’s monthly leader for October’s IYS theme, “many of us have lost this connection with our food. Food comes in boxes and shrink-wrap, and rarely as raw, natural ingredients. We may have misconceptions of how the food was grown, or what are the best products to use. Being aware of where your food comes from can lead to a greater appreciation for your food. It takes a lot of hard work to make your meal possible.”

Engaging with farmer’s at local farmer’s markets, buying local food from food co-ops, and visiting farm days are all good ways to reconnect with food supply.