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UN: Lentils, Chickpeas Can Help Reverse Dangerous Trend of Soil Erosion

Planting more lentils, chickpeas and other pulses will improve the health of the world's soils that have reached critical levels, threatening to worsen hunger and poverty levels, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. About a third of the world's soils are degraded because of soil erosion, contamination, urbanization and other issues. This is a rise from the early 1990s, when it was estimated to be between 16 and 24 percent, said Ronald Vargas, soils...

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