One of the oldest and most direct traditions for analysing soil quality was to smell it and taste it. Today this idea is unthinkable for most people as we have an almost visceral repugnance towards the idea. Who knows what’s in it or what creature might have been there, or worse, with our growing awareness of industrial, chemical agriculture, what nasty chemical poisons might have been used on it?
But if we have this reaction to tasting the soil, which is the source of life for every living green thing on this planet, why do we not have this reaction for the foods that we taste? Can you eat your soil? If you can’t, then why would you eat the food that is grown in it? The two are surely related, are they not?
Indeed they are. All the ‘cides’ – herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, fungicides – are systemics, which means they enter the plant through its leaves or roots. What isn’t absorbed into plants remains active in the soil that receives it, often only breaking down years later. So if you wouldn’t taste the soil (eating it might be going too far), why then would you eat the food that is grown in it?
There is an urgent need to start a taste revolution – an awareness campaign that explains the virtuous cycle of living soil to living foods to clean drinking water to health and nutrition.
Living Soil = Clean Drinking Water = Living Foods with Real Taste = Good Nutrition = Good Health
Dead Soil = Contaminated / Poisoned Drinking Water = Dead, Insipid Foods = No Nutrition = Bad Health
“Taste the Soil” is a challenge and an alarm bell.
We are collectively committing suicide by destroying the soils of the planet through chemical agriculture and taking every living ecosystem down with us. The most direct and crucial aspect of this is our drinking water. Living soil holds vast quantities of rain water allowing it to filter through to the water table as pure, naturally mineral-charged drinking water. Dead soils hold no rain water and instead contaminate drinking water sources with chemical toxins.
By challenging people to taste their soil, we are underlining the link between soil quality and the taste of food. We are reminding them of the direct link between the earth that nurtures life and the foods that nurture us. “Taste the Soil” means discovering the expression of ‘terroir’ through the foods or wines that are on your plate or in your glass. It means supporting local, organic, biodynamic farming and eliminating chemical industrial products from our kitchens and tables. It means voting with our money – choosing authentic taste over artificial taste; choosing life over death; choosing health over sickness; choosing clean drinking water over poisoned wells and water tables; choosing a healthy future for the planet and our children over collective suicide.
If we are afraid to taste the raw material that feeds every living thing on this planet, we should also be afraid of whatever is grown in it. We are what we eat and if we are eating dead foods from dead soils, we are also dead. Or soon will be…