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The Big Bustle


If well maintained your 2000m² could be bursting with life: Trillions of microorganisms would live together with billions of fungi, algae and protozoa, as well as millions of thread and bristle worms, springtails and mites.

It could become home to nearly a million centipedes and beetles as well as tens of thousands of ants, woodlice, spiders and of course – the kings of soil – earthworms. Moles, mice and birds will feed on them; while bees, bumblebees, butterflies and other insects will be interested in the flowering plants. In total, your 2000m² could host no less than 20 quadrillion organisms, weighing about 2 tonnes in total.

We don’t want to lose any of them. Only where it bustles and hums the earth is healthy and fertile. We rely on you!

Useful Links

Icon_StudieEuropean Atlas of Soil Biodiversity – Photos, informative texts and maps illustrating the great diversity of life in the soils across Europe

Icon_LinksAction Biodiversity
– Learn more about the importance of biodiversity and what you can do to protect it

Icon_LinksPesticide Action Network
– Working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives

Icon_FilmPreserve Biodiversity, Preserve the Planet – What is biodiversity? Why is it important to protect it? What can each of us do? To respond to these questions, Slow Food has created this video.

Icon_AktionBee the Solution
– Bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems. Help to protect the bees!

Icon_LinksInternational Union for Conservation of Nature
– Working on biodiversity conservation

Icon_FilmLet’s Talk About Soil
– Information on how soil is threatened and on options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable


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