Soils play an essential part in all of our lives. They affect our health, our environment and our economy. 

Healthy soils can provide us with a wide range of benefits. Some of these benefits are obvious, like growing food, while many are less clear, like filtering water, reducing flood risk and regulating climate.

In contrast, damaged soils can harm crops, pollute water and increase the risk of flooding. 

We need to look after our soils to make sure they can provide us with these benefits, both now and in future.

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