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September 16-18, 2024 | Rome, Italy
FAT 2023

Surendra Singh

Surendra Singh, Speaker at Food Technology Conferences
Banaras Hindu University, India
Title : Soil available nutrients and their relationship with food security and human health


Essential soil elements that end up in the human diet are supplied through food from plants that took the elements up from the soil during growth depend on the soil for their nutritional needs, A major portion of the nutrients needed for human health originate with the soil. Soil affects human health directly through the ingestion, inhalation and absorption of soil or its constituents and indirectly through the quantity and quality of food that is derived from soil-based agriculture. Almost all the essential plant nutrients are critical to the quality of plant-based food, which serves as the main source of dietary intake for human. If the soil is supply adequate amount of nutrients for food, the human health also benefits. Hence, availability of important nutrients such as potassium (K), sulphur(S), iron(Fe) and zinc (Zn) in soil can play a vital role in ensuring food security. Deficiencies of these nutrients (K, S, Fe and Zn) in soils occur widely which in turn have adverse effects on human health. Potassium deficiency in soil results low dietary food intake of potassium by human, causing hypertension in human. Sulphur deficiency soils may result in food insecurity with resultant Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM). Iron deficiency is probably the most common example and may affect as many as 5 billion people, with about 2 billion considered anemic. Zinc deficient soils are widespread and include about half the world’s soils. Calcareous soils and leached, acidic soils are more likely to be Zn deficient. Food security is critical to human health. Food security is achieved when all people have constant access to adequate, safe, and nutritious food that is economically accessible, socially acceptable, and allows for an active and healthy life. The world’s population continues to grow rapidly but large areas of cropland have to be abandoned every year due to soil degradation.


Prof. Surendra Singh, Formerly Head, now senior professor in the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry obtained. M.Sc. (Ag) and Ph.D. Degrees in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Banaras Hindu University. Altogether, he has experience more than 35 years (teaching, research, extension, consultancy, development, administration, etc.). Singh has more than 280 publications of national and International repute to his credit. He has guided/advised many M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry. Dr. Singh has successfully executed more than 19 externally funded research, extension and developmental projects as Principal investigator. He received prestigious several awards of national and International. Attended as speaker in the “Euro-Global Conference on Food Science, Agronomy and Technology” held, September 20-22, 2018 at Rome, Italy and 22nd World Congress of Soil Science held, 31 July-5 August 2022, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Attended “5th Edition Euro-global Conference on Food Science and Technology” held September, 11-23, 2023, Valencia, Spain.