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...It’s trampled upon; considered dirty and washed off as soon it comes in contact with you. Always taken for granted, it has never got its fair share of appreciation. Yours truly only realised its importance while researching for this blog post. The answer is soil and the rest of my blog is an ode to this magical harbinger of life. United Nations decided to celebrate 2015 as the year of soil. According to the UN Food Agricultural Organisation, due to the degradation of soil, we can only meet the projected food demands if agriculture production increases globally by 60 percent and in developing countries by 100 percent by 2050. In other words we have just about 35 years to double our agriculture production. For this to be possible it is crucial to improve the soil health. Improving soil health Let’s look at some more statistics about our soil health. The population–which is set to cross the 9 billion mark by 2050–is bound to put immense pressure on the soil as forests, farmlands, pastures and urban areas compete with each other for their fair share of soil. ...TOI on Aug. 6, 2016, 5:34 p.m.