Recognizing the vital importance of soil for human life, the 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils. Without ideal soil health, food security and ecosystem functions are in peril: Soil is a finite natural resource, and the very foundation for nutrient cycling, food production, clean water, and natural fibers, and the planet’s soils are being depleted so quickly that they cannot renew on a human time scale. Raising awareness and taking action towards sustainable management, climate change adaptation, soil repair, and initiatives to combat poverty-related hunger are just a few objectives of this year’s focus, and everyone on the planet is urged to take part to help out. Check out the infographic below to learn more about how important soils are to all life on the planet.
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