Why We Nourish the Soil!

Verge soils are enhanced with grass-fed manures, blood and bone, and seaweed before a layer of barley straw is applied.  Barley straw assists in the retention of moisture in the soils. 

Verge soils are enhanced with grass-fed manures, blood and bone, and seaweed before a layer of barley straw is applied.  Barley straw assists in the retention of moisture in the soils. 

Following on from a question about soils that was left on a previous post by one of the UFS community, we thought we'd share this article by 'Scientific America' - about the correlation between soil health and food nutrition (which explains the depleted nutritional content of fresh fruit and vegetables today when compared to those that our grandparents ate) and, this article by 'Modern Farmer' - (which explains why soil health - aka a diverse soil micro biome - is so important to the nutritional content of the fresh food we eat). At the end of the day, nutritionally dense food all comes down to soils. As population increases globally, it will become vitally important for fresh produce to be nutrient rich. Why? Because nutrient dense food means that people eat less to acquire their basic daily nutritional needs. Eating less means that less volume is required to feed the global population. Less volume means that less space is required for growing fresh crops. Less space means that less forests have to be cleared for increasing population/food demand. It all comes down to simple mathematics. Scientific America sums it up nicely.

Yet another study concludes that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would ave gotten from one.

Feel like joining some dots on a Sunday and want to understand the importance of soils and why soils are our future? If so sink your teeth into these two informative reads. ‪#‎soils‬ ‪#‎foodnutrition‬ ‪#‎urbanfoodstreet‬‪#‎peoplestreetfood‬

http://www.scientificamerican.com/…/soil-depletion-and-nut…/, and
http://modernfarmer.com/…/microbes-will-feed-world-real-fa…/