WATCH: Woody Tasch: Industrial Agriculture Is Depleting the Soil

Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 11:04 am by dpacheco

Author Woody Tasch (Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered) sat down with the folks at Thrive Right Now to discuss how industrial agriculture is devastating the soil. Normally, the organic matter in healthy soil makes up about 5% of its composition. Industrial agriculture, however, creates soil with only about 1% organic matter. And synthetic chemicals only kill more of the beneficial organisms necessary for healthy soil and a thriving food system. We’re killing the soil.

Woody concedes that we do need a certain amount of large-scale agriculture, and even conventional preservatives (not sure I agree with him there), but it’s a question of balance. It’s kind of like steroids, says Woody: in the short term, you’ll see positive results quickly. In the long term, the system will end up completely trashed, whether it be the soil on Big Ag, or the human body on steroids.

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