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On World Food Day, Look At Amazing Photos Of Soil Around The World

Soil is an often-overlooked aspect of nature, especially in today's society where many of us don't get to see how food gets from the farm to our plates.

Friday Oct. 16 is World Food Day, a moment for people around the world to come together and reaffirm their commitment to eradicating global food insecurity.

2015 is also the year of the soil, an initiative launched by the United Nations to raise awareness about the importance of soil in maintaining food production and ecosystem interactions. Soil is an often-overlooked aspect of nature, especially in today's society where many of us don't get to see how food gets from the farm to our plates.

On its "The Power and Beauty of Dirt" Your Shot gallery, National Geographic gathered stunning photos from around the world that capture the many different ways in which we interact with soil in our daily lives, from retrieving clean water from soil in cyclone-ridden Bangladesh, to making tea vessels in India, to tilling the soil for rice production in Madagascar.

Take a look at the jaw-dropping photos below:

In "<a href="http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/942273/">Victim of Climate Change</a>," a family collects clean w
In "Victim of Climate Change," a family collects clean water from under the soil in Kayra, Bangladesh, a region frequently tormented by natural disasters like tornadoes, cyclones and floods.
In "<a href="http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/752625/">The Role of Color</a>," artists in the island of Hormuz,
In "The Role of Color," artists in the island of Hormuz, Iran, use colored soil to create an image of a bird in flight.
In "<a href="http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/369687/">Soil</a>," men arrange clay cups to form disposable chai
In "Soil," men arrange clay cups to form disposable chai tea vessels in India.
In "<a href="http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/228500/">Dignity</a>," a&nbsp;free range pig&nbsp;digs through so
In "Dignity," a free range pig digs through soil at an organic form in Eastern Austria.
In "<a href="http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/235018/">The Oz Dream</a>," a photographer's feet are covered in
In "The Oz Dream," a photographer's feet are covered in the red clay soil of Australia.
In "<a href="http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/323671/">Working The Soil</a>," farmers in Madagascar work the so
In "Working The Soil," farmers in Madagascar work the soil before planting rice, a staple cereal among the country's population, in 2013.

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