Soil Microbiome Soil Nutrients - Healthy living to 100 and beyond.
Today's Question: - Who fertilizes the Redwoods?
Answer: - No one. No roto-tilling either.
What does this mean and what is really going on underground? Simple, we are influencing the wrong soil conditions in the soil, just as we are with high carbohydrate diet and promoting the wrong bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract.
The Soil Microbiome is just as important as our Gut Microbiome. The reason why conventional farmers struggle with pests is because the soil is so barren the plants do not have the appropriate microbial support to activate the plants natural defenses. Pesticides kill more than pests, they kill the soil. Healthy soils help the plant activate its natural defense mechanisms in the presence of pests. It's the same as what's going on in our gut. Each microbiome has living organisms - if theyre healthy and happy their balance will produce all the foods, micro and macro nutrients needed to stay healthy.
Our health is based on healthy biomes. i.e. Happy Soil = Happy Plant = Happy Human: A Soil Microbiome Education for Optimal Human Health. Dr. Elaine Ingham, soil microbiologist and founder of Soil Foodweb Inc. has many youTube videos on soil health ... The Roots of Your Profits - Dr Elaine Ingham | Januray/2015
Root Warfare: National Geographic produced a revealing show on how one species of plant invades and takes
over. It is not the above ground activity and seeds, but the underground chemical warfare going on among the roots.
One plant poisons the others by releasing chemicals which deters other plants from growing. i.e. another form of food
allergies, "Do not eat me" and
Do not come close.
Root Symbiosis: for gardeners and farmers, there is a new book, "Teaming with Microbes"
A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web, by Jeff Lowenfels, Wayne Lewis. (2)
Healthy Soil is teeming with life, not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi,
and other microorganisms.
When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of artificial substances, many of them toxic to humans as well as other forms of life.
An estimated 70% of the plants energy goes into its roots, manufacturing chemicals that invite microbes and bacteria, exactly opposite of what
Man-made chemicals do. Chemicals are salt compounds
that kill off bacteria and fungus and reduces the symbiotic relationship in the soil between the soil organisms and plant roots. (3)
The Soil and Farming Solution:, Michael Pollan, Wiki
is a driver of a healthy environment from the
Plant's Eye View. He gives a good TED talk on our soil, farming, and sustainable living. His example of our fit in this universe
is the discovery that Humans only have about 23,000 gene, whereas, the Rice plant has 33,000 genes.
This raises the question of
Who is the most Sophisticated Organism?. The questions like this are many and our Gut Microbime - is a big clue.
Also Michael Pollan examines our worldly symbiotic connections ...
TED Talk, Michael Pollan - A plant's-eye view, | march/2007, (6)
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