Having an abundance of rich and fertile soil is a vital resource for supporting modern agriculture and farming. It is also vital for supporting the conservation of natural habitats, ecology and the biodiversity of plants and animals.

Soil loss and degradation is a global problem, as is the contamination of soils with pollutants and chemicals. Modern societies have a duty to ensure that their soil resources are managed appropriately and sustainably.

This topic looks at the problems of soil degradation and describes efforts to raise awareness of the need for increased soil protection. Contaminated land is covered in a linked topic. Contaminated Land

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