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We need to protect the world's soil before it's too late

Book Excerpt: The Ground Beneath Us
book cover for the ground beneath us

Little, Brown and Company

The following is an excerpt from The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard.

It’s hard to believe that American society could possibly collapse because of a lack of soil. And it’s true that we in the States are blessed to live in a country so rich in this life-giving source. But in a small world growing smaller all the time, what happens to the soil in other parts of the world—often much more at risk than our soils—will eventually affect us and our economy, and the stability of the world around us.

For example, soil scientists fear that we are wasting and damaging our topsoil—the layer in which most of our food grows—at an entirely unsustainable rate

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