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The 4‰ initiative to sequester carbon in soils has the potential to connect sustainable development goals, enhance food security and mitigate climate change by utilizing waste organic residues.

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This work was supported by and benefited from the European Commission through FP7 projects, Distributed Infrastructure for Experimentation in Ecosystem Research (ExpeER) grant agreement number 262060 and Analysis and Experimentation in Ecosystems (AnaEE) grant agreement number 312690, and the CLAND Convergence Institute funded by ANR. The input of P.S. contributes to U-GRASS (grant number NE/M016900/1) and the Belmont Forum/FACCE-JPI DEVIL project (grant number NE/M021327/1). C.R. received funding from INSU/CNRS (Lombricom project) and ADEME (Vermisol project) and from ANR (MOSAIK, grant agreement no: ANR-12-AGRO-0005). Contributions from L.S. and A.C. were supported by GPLER, contract number SOW12-GPLER-LCR-PM. H.W.L. and M.S.C. acknowledge the National Science Foundation for ongoing support of NEON. The manuscript contributes toward results of the ARC discovery grant 'Carbon Conundrum' (DP140100323).

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  1. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, URP3F, 86600 Lusignan, France

    • A. Chabbi
  2. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), UMR Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Ecotoxicologie des Agroécosystèmes (Ecosys) Bâtiment EGER, Campus AgroParisTech Grignon 78850 Thiverval Grignon, France

    • A. Chabbi
  3. Soil and Crop Sciences, Cornell University, Bradfield Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA

    • J. Lehmann
  4. Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, LSCE, F-91191, Gif sur Yvette, France

    • P. Ciais
  5. Battelle-National Ecological Observatory Network, 1685 38th Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301, USA

    • H. W. Loescher
    •  & M. SanClements
  6. Institute of Alpine and Arctic Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80301, USA

    • H. W. Loescher
    •  & M. SanClements
  7. Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University, 200 W. Lake Street, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523, USA

    • M. F. Cotrufo
  8. Thünen-Institute Climate-Smart Agriculture, Bundesallee 50, 38116 Braunschweig, Germany

    • A. Don
  9. Faculty of Science and Engineering University of Waikato, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand

    • L. Schipper
  10. Department of Environmental Systems Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland

    • J. Six
  11. Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, 23 St Machar Drive, Aberdeen AB24 3UU, UK

    • P. Smith
  12. CNRS, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences Paris, 78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France

    • C. Rumpel


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A.C. initiated the writing of the paper and led the work. C.R. wrote the first version of the manuscript and prepared the figures. All authors contributed with ideas, and participated in the writing of the paper.

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