The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has designated 2015 as The International Year of Soils to honor our commitment to protect healthy soils for healthy life.

In alliance with this decree, the Biosafety Alliance and allies are pleased to announce the 2015 Soil Not Oil Campaign to advocate for the sustainable and regenerative management of soils while reducing dependency on fossil fuels.

The Soil Not Oil Campaign will promote respect for soils worldwide, highlight the ways that shifting agricultural practices is key to combatting climate change and call for integrated action on sustainable agriculture and clean energy to ensure a safe and healthy planet for generations to come.

This is why — in partnership with dozens of other kindred organizations — the Biosafety Alliance is calling on all like-minded organizations, scientist, farmers and individuals to join the Soil Not Oil Coalition to participate in an educational campaign and/or endorse two major events planned for 2015.

Soils Not Oil International Conference:
(Tentative date) September 4 & 5, Richmond, California
Confirmed & tentative speakers will include Vandana Shiva (author of Soil Not Oil), Adelita San Vicente Tello, Miguel Altieri, Naomi Klein, Ignacio Chapela, Winona LaDuke, Devon Peña and Ray Seidler.
Soil not Oil Mass March:
(Tentative date) September 6th, San Francisco, California
This will be a mass march demanding urgent, large-scale action addressing climate chaos and dangerous agricultural practices that threaten our soil, air, water and way of life.

Supporters of this effort include: Acequia Institute, Amazon Watch, Biodiversity for Livable Climate, Biosafety Alliance, California State Grange, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Farmworker Families, Community to Community, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, Food Democracy Now, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Global Exchange, NUTIVA Foundation, Organic Consumer Association, Semillas de Vida and South Central Farmers Cooperative.

If you are interested in endorsing and partnering, please click here to contact us to find out more information about the coalition and how your organization can engage in the campaign and events.