From Dr. Mercola:
“If we have declared a war against the soil itself, then we are literally committing a species level suicide.” Dr. Vandana Shiva
Today, we celebrate World Soil Day1 by featuring not just one, but three excellent documentaries: “Symphony of the Soil,” “Soil Carbon Cowboys,” and “Back to Eden.”
While December 5 has marked World Soil Day since 2002, the celebration of this day has mostly been restricted to the 60,000 or so soil scientists around the world.
We hope to change this, by bringing attention to this important day. This year, 2015, was also declared the International Year of Soils, “in hopes of raising as much awareness as possible about the enormous role soil plays in food security.”
To this end, we’ve promoted a number of films and interviews with soil and sustainable land management experts this past year, and I’m pleased that the filmmakers have all agreed to let me rerun their films today.
One of Earth’s greatest treasures is soil, without which we could not survive. Soil is the mother of nearly all plant life, and ultimately all animal life on this planet. It’s the interface between biology and geology — the living skin of the earth.
“Symphony of the Soil” extols the importance and mystery of soil, as discussed by some of the world’s most esteemed scientists, farmers, and activists.2 This visually stunning film reveals how the future of humankind largely depends on how well we care for this vital natural resource.
The entire food chain is connected, from soil, plant, and insect health, all the way up to animal and ultimately your health. That is why it is so important to pay attention to the details, as supporting the diverse set of soil microbes at the bottom of the food chain ultimately supports your health.
The Big Picture
Today’s chemical agriculture is destroying our planet’s soils at a disturbing pace — soils that took hundreds, even thousands of years to develop. A food system based on monoculture, genetically engineered foods, and toxic agrichemicals is decimating to the soil, which is a living, breathing ecosystem.
Despite what industry purports, biotechnology is not the answer to world hunger, nor is it sustainable. The rate at which we are using up fuel, water, and soil does not bode well for the longevity of our species, especially in light of the latest world population estimates.
New predictions, based on revised algorithms described to be far more accurate, predict the world population will reach 11 billion by the end of the 21st century.3,4 Feeding this many people requires a VASTLY different approach than the present system.
The rate at which soils are disappearing from our globe is alarming. If you visit Worldometers,5 you can view a real-time clock that tracks the area of land lost to soil erosion, along with other environmental statistics.
As of this writing, the area of land lost to soil erosion so far this year amounts to more than