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Soil — the second-largest natural carbon sink after oceans — has an enormous capacity to capture atmospheric carbon dioxide.
When functioning with loads of microorganisms, adequate water, air, minerals, and organic matter, soils are very much alive and healthy, sustaining ecosystems.

But years of agriculture practices undertaken to meet the food demand of the growing population, soil erosion, and changing climatic conditions have put our soils under immense pressure, adversely impacting their health.

The signs of the waning health of Indian soil are quite visible and worrisome now.

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It’s Time to Feed Our Soil