The Exploration & Understanding of the Soil Ecosystem Continues On
It was a few years ago when the Atlantic article 'Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People
' brought national attention to the importance of soil microbes. Where have we come since then? It's been 4 years, and we've been hearing the words microbes, probiotics and microbiome quite a bit more recently, but only in reference to our guts. So, what's the deal?
To this point, I'm not sure our understanding of the importance of gut microbes & probiotics in a healthy diet has translated to the consciousness of the mainstream public. The same principles apply to a healthy soil, so the lack of mainstream press on this issue has been confusing to me.
I'm taken back by this quote from the article -
"The single greatest leverage point for a sustainable and healthy future for the seven billion people on the planet is arguably immediately underfoot: the living soil, where we grow our food."
We've got lots of issues on this planet - we can all agree on that. Our rapidly deteriorating soils are among the biggest issues we face. The good news is we know how to solve it and soil microbes will likely be a big part of it.
More from the article -
"Due to new genetic sequencing and production technologies, we have now come to a point where we can effectively and at low cost identify and grow key bacteria and the right species of fungi and apply them in large-scale agriculture."
This is the difference maker. Once farms understand that they can actually save money long term by adding microbes to their soil, a range of downstream benefits occur. Soils can thrive & the plants will be more capable of naturally avoiding and dealing with pests. When there is a wide diversity of microbial life in the soil, it's harder for any one type of bacteria, such as e. coli to proliferate.
There are many people paying attention to this trend, including us. We don't beleive in shortcuts when it comes to maintaining rich soils, there is always a cost. Creating an environment which supports an ecosystem is now becoming understood as the optimal solution to soil depletion by many soil biologists. We're doing our part to support the path better soils through our Earth Compound
. We've use BioDynamic preparations BD502-507, which contain literally trillions of species of microbes, working as an entire energetic ecosystem, making nutrients more readily available to plants.
What ultimately inspired this post was my excitement when the issue of soil microbes got a publicity bump in a recent Bulletproof Radio
podcast - Talking Dirty About Spiritual Plants and Microbial Biodiversity.
Like Dave or not, he's got a massive audience that tends to lead the way when it comes to human & biological enhancements. If there's any crowd more passionate & able to take a health related concept mainstream, it's his crowd.
Among many others, Dave Asprey and team have been integral in spreading the message about the gut microbiome. It seems he's now becoming more aware of similar concepts applying to our soil.
I'm left wondering where the conversation is headed after this. I see it as inevitable that this comes into the public consciousness sooner than later. I've personally seen the benefits of introducing a diverse colony of microbes into my compost & soil mixes on my little farm. I've needed much less watering & saw substantial improvement within days of application. The best part is that it's using an entire ecosystem of microbes in combination with earth elements - just as nature intended. Wouldn't it be great if we can start moving back into harmony with nature while improving the quality of our food at the same time? It seems like an obvious step forward, we're just not quite there yet.
As fast as things seem to be moving in 2017, not everything moves fast enough.