Soil - We Really Can't Live Without It!

“Despite all our artistic abilities, sophistication and accomplishments, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of soil and the fact that it rains.” ~ Anonymous

Beneath our feet is an invisible world teeming with life, creating a complex soil food web with millions of nematodes and tiny microbial creatures. These play a vital role in plant growth and ultimately, in the food we eat. Yet we take it all for granted.

It takes nature approximately 500 years to grow one inch of topsoil, which by definition means it is a non-renewable resource. According to, on a global scale, farming practices are depleting soil 10-40 times faster than nature can replenish it. In addition, while soils are becoming increasingly degraded, the world population is growing, and the need for more food is increasing.