Category: News
Date published: January 22, 2021

International series ‘Plants for Life, Plants to Survive’

New session on February 2 puts the spotlight on soil health

To mark the Year of Plant Health, Koppert Biological Systems initiated the webinar series ‘Plants for Life, Plants to Survive’ in December to highlight the importance of plant health and how it is linked to human health. Inspiring In this series, keynote speakers shine their light on various aspects of plant and human health, and discuss their viewpoints with an online audience of young professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, chefs and government reps; in short anyone with a passion for plants and people.

Soil health

The kickoff session, ‘A healthy plant feeds healthy people’ took place on December 22, and the upcoming 2nd session will focus on soil health. When we walk on the ground, we are really walking on the roof top of another world. The amount of living organisms below ground is considerably greater than that above ground. Together with climate, these organisms are responsible for the decay of organic matter and the cycling of both macro- and micro-nutrients back into forms that plants can use. Healthy soil means healthy food and, in the end, healthy animals and people. Two internationally renowned experts will dive into the world below our feet and share their knowledge and experience with the audience.


International webinar speakers

Jill Clapperton is the Principal Scientist, founder and owner of Rhizoterra Inc. and a well-known international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health. She has been focused on the connection between healthy soils, healthy food and healthy people for the last 25 years.

"When we use a balanced approach to agriculture that includes soil health, the results are great yields of nutrient dense food, clean air and water, more ecosystem services, and health for people and their animals. Not to mention that you have an environmental marketing story that consumers like, and food they want to eat. This may sound a bit altruistic, futuristic, and too good to be true. But there are plenty of farmers in the world with proof."

John Kempf is a grower, an entrepreneur, speaker, podcast host and teacher. He founded Advancing Eco Agriculture, Crop Health Labs, Ozadia, and the Regenerative Agriculture Academy and is passionate about the potential of well managed agriculture ecosystems to reverse ecological degradation.

"I firmly believe that regenerative agriculture management systems can regenerate producer profitability and create economic incentives for producers and produce crops that are inherently resistant to possible infections, eliminating the need for pesticides. They produce food that can regenerate public health, with an elevated content of immune compounds that transfer plant immunity to livestock and people, providing food as medicine and can rapidly sequester carbon, build soil organic matter much faster than commonly expected, restore hydrological cycles, cool the climate, and reduce the water requirements of a crop."

This webinar series is facilitated by experienced webinar organizer Jungle Talks. If you want to join this session on February 2nd, please register via this link:
Did you miss the kickoff session on December 22? Watch the recording here:

More information on this webinar series can be found on