In a single handful of healthy soil, there are more organisms than humans on earth. Talk about more than meets the eye. Put simply, the microorganisms that live in soil feed off of organic matter and, in turn, supply essential nutrients to plants. Soil with greater mineral content grows food with higher nutrient density. So, soil is quite literally the nutritional bank of the food we eat.
At Seedlip, we care about this because it also translates into the real ingredients that we distil to make our non-alcoholic drinks. Healthy soil grows tasty ingredients that make delicious drinks. Without the soil and the plants that grow in it, there would be no Seedlip.
Now, let’s get nerdy.
Beyond producing healthy food and playing host for so much of the life on earth, soil plays a pivotal role in the water cycle. Porous, carbon-rich soil is like a sponge: absorbing water during floods and providing water to plants in times of drought. If water, say, cannot be taken into the soil, it ends up in the nearby watershed – along with all its nutrients.
Soil can also store carbon. Through the natural process of photosynthesis, plants capture atmospheric carbon dioxide in their leaves and pump carbon through their roots to supply to those microorganisms in the soil. Keeping soils covered with diverse crops and plant species, as well as composting – making natural, organic fertilizer from food scraps that’d otherwise produce methane gas in a landfill – and a host of other practices provide a brilliant solution to cultivating healthy soils that can keep carbon in the ground.
Even though we rely on healthy soil for 95% of the food we eat, we’re losing this resource at a rapid rate as a result of thousands of years of poor farming practices, deforestation and erosion but there’s another way, and you’ve likely heard of it by now: Regenerative Agriculture.
Regenerative agriculture is an ecological approach to farming that’s more aligned with nature’s way, without mechanical tillage, chemicals, and a host of other principles to avoid soil damage and the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We highly recommend Gabe Brown's TED Talk or book: Dirt to Soil.
How we can help.
Composting food scraps at home Supporting local farmers with sound agriculture practises Getting involved in the community by seeking out volunteering opportunities at communcal gardens Support grassroots organisations advocating for the health of our soils