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Healthy Soils Are the Basis for Healthy Food Production

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    Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production. 2015
    The most widely recognized function of soil is its support for food production. It is the foundation for agriculture and the medium in which nearly all food-producing plants grow. In fact, it is estimated that 95% of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils. Healthy soils supply the essential nutrients, water, oxygen and root support that our food-producing plants need to grow and flourish. Soils also serve as a buffer to protect delicate plant roots from drastic fluctuations in temperature.
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    Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life
    2015 International Year of Soils
    FAO Informative Material for the International Year of Soils (IYS 2015).
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    Organic materials and soil productivity in the Near East. Papers presented at the FAO/SIDA Workshop on the Use of Organic Materials for Improving Soil Productivity in the Near East. Alexandria (Egypt), 9 Oct 1978
    FAO Soils Bulletin 45
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    This Bulletin contains the papers and proceedings of the FAO/SIDA Workshop on Organic Materials and Soil Productivity in the Near East. In view of the important complementary effect of organic materials to mineral fertilizers and their role in improving the soil?s physical properties, the Workshop has dealt with a wide variety of items on techniques and uses of the organic materials and wastes including, composting, bio-fertilizers and biogas, the environmental and health aspects, and action g uidelines for follow-up activities in the Near East countries. The purpose of this Workshop was to promote and maintain interest in the use of organic materials for improving soil productivity in the Near East Region and to assist Member Countries in developing action programmes to achieve these goals. The proceedings of the workshop present sound recommendations, the implementation of which would assist in improving the soil productivity, raising crop production levels and producing a bette r quality of life.

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