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The answer to our most pressing environmental problems lies beneath our feet

Soil is our most underappreciated, undervalued and yet most essential natural resource. Adopting restorative soil practices plays a key role in tackling many of the major challenges humanity faces today; food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity conservation.

Soil is so much more than dirt. It is a complex, living ecosystem composed of minerals, organic matter and living organisms that provide the basis for all life. As Grace Gershuny and Joe Smillie, in The Soul of Soil, write “to understand soil is to be aware of how everything affects and is affected by it. We are all part of the soil ecosystem”.

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