2015: International Year of Soils

Daily Dirt

Every day for us is about the soil. If we can leave the soil in better condition than the day before, we are thrilled. This is why we’re so excited that the General Assembly of the United Nations has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils.

The international soil community has long complained about the insufficient attention given to soils by policymakers and the public at large, despite current alarming threats to this essential natural resource.

Together, with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), among others, we will highlight the importance of healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy animals, and healthy people.

We believe everything begins and ends in the soil. We are losing a plant or animal species to extinction every 60 minutes. We may lose…

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