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LIVING SOIL ~ RESOURCE GUIDE

An Evolving Solutions-Oriented Guide for Ensuring
the 7 Core Needs of all Humans and Animals Are Met

Food Security is Soil Security. Chemical agriculture treats soil as inert and an empty container for chemical fertilisers. The new paradigm recognizes the soil as living, in which billions of soil organisms create soil fertility. Their well being is vital to human well being. Looked at from this point of view, the immediate aim of fertilization is not to increase yields and fertilize plants, but to build up soil fertility.

 

— Vandana Shiva

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Overview of Contents with Links to Jump to Each Section

 Jump to Each Core Need

LIVING SOIL
HEALTHY WATER
VITALIZING FOOD
FRESH CLEAN AIR
PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY
COMFORTABLE SHELTER
MANIFESTING POTENTIAL
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Challenges to SOIL

Current Context

Primary Threats

The 10 main threats to soil functions:
 

  1. Loss of soil biodiversity 

  2. Soil contamination / pollution

  3. Soil erosion

  4. Soil organic carbon loss

  5. Nutrient imbalance

  6. Soil acidification

  7. Waterlogging

  8. Soil compaction

  9. Soil sealing

  10. Salinization 

  • Industrial Agriculture

  • Animal Factory Farming

  • Deforestation

  • Mining

  • Urban sprawl / human settlement

  • Desertification

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Whole-System Solutions ~ LIVING SOIL

Click on the links to explore.

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What Can I / We Do - Now?

Composting

"Composting garden and kitchen waste is a great way of helping the environment with the added benefit of producing a free soil conditioner for your garden. So, instead of filling your dustbin with rotting food and garden waste, which can produce unpleasant odours, why not put it to good use. The compost you produce can then be mixed with your soil to provide nutrient-rich food product for your garden." — Less Waste: Home Composting

Compost Simply with Morag Gamble from Our Permaculture Life. Watch her amazing series HERE

Instructional Video On How To Build The Composting Bioreactor.  Read and download the written manual on building the bioreactor HERE.

Community Compost Program with Rob Greenfield Watch his amazing series HERE

Food Not Lawns (oldie-but-goodie) with Heather Jo Flores. Growing SOIL and FOOD together. Check out the movement HERE

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Documentaries, Short Films & Talks

LIVING SOIL Full Documentary (60 mins).
Watch trailer HERE.

THE NEED TO GROW | Trailer. Register to watch full documentary (96 mins) HERE.

LIFE IN SYNTROPY | Syntropic Agriculture ~ Short film (14 mins)

ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION CAMPS (4 mins)

Trailer for KISS THE GROUND. Watch full documentary (84 mins) HERE.

Incredible 1.5-Acre Permaculture / Syntropic Food Forest (24 mins) | Happen Films

Natural Farming With Masanobu Fukuoka: Minimal Effort And Abundant Yields  (60 mins)

The Secret to a Healthy Soil | Philippe van der Grinten | TEDxVenlo (11 mins)

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Summits and Conferences

The Soil Regen Summits offer an extraordinary variety of talks and panel discussions by world leaders in the field of soil regeneration – all for free.

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 Jump to Each Core Need

LIVING SOIL
HEALTHY WATER
VITALIZING FOOD
FRESH CLEAN AIR
PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY
COMFORTABLE SHELTER
MANIFESTING POTENTIAL