The Importance Of Natural Capital On Human Capital

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Natural capital is interconnected with human capital in that human capital depends upon natural capital for survival. Human capital relies on clean air, groundwater, surface water, food, soil for crops, minerals from the soil, crops themselves, fuels, fibers, materials to build with, ocean fisheries, climate control and regulation, and so much more. Many of the goods and services provided to humans by natural capital go unnoticed and as a result, natural capital is taken for granted. Additionally, natural capital also depends upon human capital for survival. Natural capital relies on human knowledge, skills, experience, education, and capabilities so that it is enhanced and not destroyed. For instance, rural Dewitt farmers use the soil to plant crops such as corn, beans, and wheat. They also use the land for baling hay. When there is a drought, the farmers rely on groundwater that natural capital provides to water their crops. An inexperienced farmer may do the same crop year after year. Whereas an experienced farmer knows that to keep the soil full of nutrients and prevent soil erosion, they must rotate the crop from corn to beans and vice versa, as different crops provide different nutrients to the soil. The education and experience that a farmer has about the land and its use, could be the difference of natural capital being enhanced or destroyed. Natural capital depends on social capital for resource productivity and sustainability. Social awareness and lifestyles that
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