Soil facts

As part of the activities of the International Year of Soils, FAO has published the following Soil Facts. Contribute with your comments!


The current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet needs of future generations.


We need healthy soils to achieve our food security and nutrition goals.
Did you know that a tablespoon of soil has more micro-organisms than the whole human population on Earth?


Multiple roles of soils often go unnoticed.


Our soils are precious. Did you know it can take up to 1,000 years to form 1 cm of top soil?


Soils are key in the global carbon cycle. They help us to mitigate and adapt to the climate change.

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