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The United Nations has declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils, and April 19-23 marked this year’s Global Soil Week. Such events, though not exactly glamorous, do not receive nearly the amount of attention they deserve.

Intact soils are an invaluable and irreplaceable resource, one that performs myriad functions in achieving the international community’s main development and environmental goals. Now they are in urgent need of protection.

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