Healthy soil plays a vital role in the life of our planet. It is the largest carbon sink on earth, having greater capacity for carbon sequestration than any other life form. But it doesn’t just bank carbon, it actually breaks it down, smaller and smaller, and converts it into forms that do not readily escape into the atmosphere.
This, of course, all depends on soil being healthy. A soil that is healthy is filled with microbial life, earthworms, fungus, and generations of organic matter.
But reality is that our cities have paved over just about every square inch of soil, our master-planned suburbs have stripped topsoil away en masse at an alarming scale, and agriculture has ripped up the topsoil for it to burn in the sun and blow away in the wind.
What if we could correct all this? What if we could breathe new life into our soils, so they could convert more carbon, retain more water, and sustain more life? Is it even possible?
Yes, it certainly is. If we mimic nature’s systems, depositing (or leaving in place) fresh leaf litter from trees, utilizing animal manure, and even importing earthworms, we can begin rebuilding our soils and help return them to the natural function they were designed for.