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World Soil Day

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Healthy soil “enables” life on earth and mitigates climate change

Healthy soil “enables” life on earth and is one of the biggest bulwarks against climate change, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

About a third of the world’s soil has been degraded; the impacts of which range from food shortages and drought, to landslides and floods.

Soil degradation particularly affects subsistence farmers, according to FAO soil international consultant Lucrezia Caon, speaking ahead of World Soil Day, which falls on 5 December.