Why Dirt Matters to Your Health

Soil Quality

Story at-a-glance

  • The root ball of a plant acts as the “gut” or intestinal tract of the plant, housing essential microbes, just like your gut does, provided the soil system is healthy
  • The cooperation between soil microorganisms and the plants’ roots is responsible for allowing the plant to absorb nutrients from the soil. Without proper soil biome, the food will lack nutrients that are important for your health
  • Soil health connects to everything up the food chain, from plant and insect health, all the way up to animal and human health
  • Health, therefore, truly begins in the soils in which our food is grown
  • Scientists have discovered that gene swapping takes place between your gut microbiome and the soil biome, as well as with microorganisms from other places in your daily surroundings
  • One of the reasons for concern about genetically engineered crops is a main characteristic of such plants is resistance to the potent herbicide glyphosate, which decimates soil bacteria

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Why Dirt Matters to Your Health

  1. narf77

    Glad to find that there is goodness in dirt. My kids ate enough of it when they were small to start small garden plots inside each one of them and my youngest daughter Beth ate snails to ensure that the biome was complete (sigh…). Gotta say, you haven’t lived till you try to get snails out of an 18 month olds mouth when they are hell bent on chewing them up…

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