Soil is being diminished by industry standard farming practices
The quality of the soil, a farmer’s most valuable asset, is being diminished by industry standard practices across over one third of US farms.
There are more soil microbes in a tablespoon of soil than there are people on the Earth. These soil microbes are amazing creatures which improve soil structure and aggregation, build soil carbon, and increase nutrient retention. As plants release root exudate they signal microbial populations in the soil to increase nutrient availability, nitrogen fixation, and plant growth promoters. When the soil is healthy there is a natural increase in the plant’s ability to fight off pathogens and pests. As microbial populations increase and drive these processes, the speed at which soil regenerates increases.