2015: The Year of Soils – by Marshall Matz Agri-Pulse
The United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. The year kicked off on December 5, 2014, with events in Rome, New York and Chile, all in an effort to raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource. “Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important silent ally,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
The specific FAO objectives for the Year of the Soils are to:
Raise the awareness among society and policy makers about the importance of soil for human life;
Promote effective policies and actions for sustainable management and protection of soil resources;
Promote investment in sustainable soil management; and
Encourage soil health information and monitoring at all levels of government.
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