Soil Health as Public Health | Didi Pershouse

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Didi Pershouse joins us today to go over why soil health should be treated as public health.
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Didi Pershouse is the founder of the Land and Leadership Initiative, and the author of two books: The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities, and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. Join us and Didi as she talked about how soil health should be viewed as public health.

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Over the last four decades, Dr. Elaine Ingham has advanced our knowledge of the Soil Food Web. An internationally-recognized leader in soil microbiology, Dr. Ingham has collaborated with other scientists and with farmers around the world to further our understanding of how soil organisms work together and with plants. Dr. Ingham is an author of the USDA’s Soil Biology Primer and a founder of the Soil Food Web School.

00:00 Introduction to Didi Pershouse
05:07 Aspects of health
13:35 Is Soil Alive?
21:01 Infiltration vs Runoff
25:45 The Soil Sponge
37:30 What happens if we lose the soil sponge
39:51 Health effects of drought
42:19 Health effects of flooding
43:20 General health effects of unstable soils
48:09 Care for life

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Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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  1. I find Didi's exploration of membranes, permeability, regulation, and co-existence ambitious but creative, refreshing, and provocative. Kudos!

  2. Hi, I’m Jason and am working to support our nations farmland soils.
    Please explain the proses of a biodiversity test on finished compost.
    Including time, costs and tools?
    How practical are mobile technicians, to that end?
    Thank you for you time in this matter.

  3. Love this one too, thx. Will you teach us about aerated static composting? How much easier it’s creation is compared to the old manual rotation methods. Please share why this Biodiverse Compost creates resilient farm crops, according to Elain Engam Food Soil Web, founder.
    It’s worth looking into. Im a handyman with a leaf blower, a tarp and a garden hose. Making high value Biodiverse compost and donating to my local farm.

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