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November 24th, 2015 / Nature, UK

thumb.aspx The history now being written in the world’s soils is not so rosy. Every year, 75 billion tonnes of crop soil are lost worldwide to erosion by wind and water, and through agriculture; this costs about US$400 billion a year3. Only a few countries have national legislation protecting soil, including Germany and Switzerland4. Attempts at binding international legal agreements have so far failed. This cannot go on. Soils are a limited natural resource, unequally divided between nations and people. Read more