Its All In The Soil

Did you know that soil was alive? Many people do not realize this……

Soil is a critical and dependent element to our survival. Healthy soil goes hand in hand with a healthy environment.

"The nation that destroys its soil – destroys itself" (Roosevelt 1937)

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The first and most important step in improving soil health is to recognize that soil is a living organism, and all parts of our ecosystem depend on it – it is vital to our survival!

There are billions of microorganisms that make up a whole network below ground. In one spoonful there are 600 million bacteria! Imagine that – there is an entire network of life below the ground. A network that works together to sustain life above ground for us.

Something that on the surface may look look dead, but upon closer inspection is bustling with life! Many people have misconceived notions about compost. The reality is that it is a free resource of nutrients for our plants.

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It doesn’t smell, but mainly, it reduces the amount of waste going to a landfill, all are creating the fertile ground for a microcosm universe to exist and for soil sustainability to flourish!

Remember we are all organisms working within one larger organism – called Planet Earth. Seeing on the micro and macro level. The actions of humans, all over the world, effect every single one of us.

Biodiversity is the product of nearly 3.5 billion years of evolution – An element to be taken into consideration when people want to replant entire eco systems such as the rainforest, and it is a natural process that has taken many a millennia to happen.

Soil, for example, is the measure of the health of biological systems – In other words, soil is the metaphor of our environment – If we have healthy soil we have a healthy environment.

Annually, we are losing 1 percent of our topsoil per year, due to industrial agriculture, the process of mono cropping, heavy chemical use, and erosions of our soils. Just to put things into perspective – it takes thousands of years to form one inch of topsoil.

Life in the soil provides the structure for more life, and the formation of more soil. Soil is equated to food and food is equated to life. The fertility and the quality of soil will determine the health and stability of all life that is relying on it – just as the health of each human being will determine fertility and the quality of their life.

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