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By Mae Smith
Big Horn County Extension 

A look at the importance of soil in our lives


Most of you are probably unaware that 2015 is the International Year of Soils. This was declared by the 68th UN General Assembly. Since we are already in September, we better get celebrating!

It is no wonder that this year was dedicated to soil because of its importance in every aspect of our lives.

The dirt on dir… uh.. soil:

—95 percent of our food is directly or indirectly produced in soil.

—Soil hosts a quarter of our planet’s biodiversity.

—There are more soil microorganisms in a teaspoonful of soil than there are people on earth.

—It can take up to 1000 years to form 1cm...

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