The International Year of Plant Health
Did you know that some tree species can only be germinated through the belly of an elephant? That’s just one example of how plants and animals (including humans) are intricately connected and cannot survive without all the bacteria and fungi that make for the heathy soils that plants need to prosper.
Plants are the source of the air we breathe and most of the food we eat, yet how to keep them healthy is often ignored. This can have devastating results: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that up to 40 per cent of food crops are lost due to plant pests and diseases annually. This leaves millions of people without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture—the primary source of income for rural poor communities.
For these and more reasons, 2020 has been named the International Year of Plant Health by the United Nations General Assembly.
Info from: www.unenvironment.org
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will be hosting various programmes and activities around the International Year of Plant Health.
Details of activities will be posted on the Sci-Bono website, Facebook and Twitter.