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TALKIN’ SOIL: A Foundational Understanding

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War, Trump, Recession, Climate Change, Sex Change, Kim Kardashian’s butt and more. These are the beloved news media topics of our day-to-day lives. Everyone is talking, but nobody’s TALKIN’ SOIL. Are we distracted from what really matters in our lives, like clean food, air, water, substantial shelter, community and soil?

If so, one can ask oneself how healthy is my body, mind and spiritual practice or worship of God. How healthy is our relationship with our friends, neighbors, families, and communities? How healthy is our relationship to our soil, plants, animals, and the planet that sustains our bodies? How often do we worship God, practice prayer and pursue scriptural studies? How is our financial freedom? Can we strive to improve these relationships and set goals for our lives that can enhance life as a whole entirely? If so, what is stopping us? Why do we get distracted with media ideas and facilities that don’t necessarily pertain to our day-to-day lives?

Let us focus on the relationship we share with our planet. There is something that we take for granted, no doubt, that contains most of the life on the planet. Most of this life is tiny and microscopic, but it all lives underneath our feet. I’m TALKIN’ SOIL. The soil is the structure that sustains our livelihoods, and we may not even know or care about it. Why should I care? That would be equivalent to asking yourself why you should live. We are only as healthy as our soil; We are only as rich as our soil. Why? Have you ever been three entire days without eating a single meal? If yes, hunger is a powerful driving force throughout nature and the planet’s natural systems.

If you want to keep eating, you better know where or at least how your feed keeps showing up for you, right? I started in the restaurant industry, where I learned all about how our food is managed and the systems that get it from farm to table. More info on this subject can be found everywhere. A good documentary is Food Inc. This will give you insight into where your food is coming from. The next step is to realize the challenge of growing the food, harvesting it, and distributing or preserving it. This involves the core structure of a healthy soil to maximize our food’s nutrients so that our bodies absorb the maximum amount of nutrients.

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The truth of the matter at hand is with Big Ag, we feed more people, but the nutrient content is minimal. This is why we are taking daily vitamins and supplements to suffice our lack of a proper nutrient-rich diet from our food sources. To farm and produce proper nutrient-rich food, the essential requirement is a proper, nutrient-rich, life-thriving diet. Millions of organisms are working 24/7 nonstop to keep our bodies functioning. The bacteria, fungi, microbes, and nematodes in the soil require organic matter from both plant life and animal life ONLY to properly multiply and do their jobs in the ground.

Using chemicals, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers helps to kill this life in the soil and creates poor nutrient, nutrient-deprived food that looks good but is nowhere as nutritional. It is said that to acquire the nutritional content one orange contained 100 years ago, one has to eat eight oranges now to get the same. This is a great way to say our soil is poor and not as rich as it once was at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution period in history. Soil life matters and deserves attention for increasing its health to help create and sustain proper healthy lives for our children and their children to continue. In this county, we have very poor soil; the simple solution is to create demand and supply resources to improve our soils with proper organic matter and microbial management. Natural resources have been wasted due to development and ignorance.

More info and to show support for soil at consciousplanet.org. More on soil and its structure next time.

Steven Turner is the owner of Plant Lives Matter LLC. You can find him on social media platforms @plantlivesmatterllc

Smilax is a native plant with climbing vines. It was very valuable in the Native American culture.
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