Soil remineralization has been in the popular science news recently. Remineralization uses natural minerals to improve soil health and produce nutritious food.
Remineralization Lessons from The Martian
In the film ‘The Martian’ (shown) Matt Damon’s character grows potatoes in a controlled environment – researchers in Denmark suggest that this is feasible.
In a nod to The Martian,
researchers from the Netherlands have successfully grown food in soil analogous to Martian soil. With organic matter, crops grow well on Mars and moon soil simulant, and there is no evidence of increased metal uptake from these soils. Remineralization Lessons from a Volcano
Continue reading Remineralization – what Mars and a Volcano can tell us about improving our food
Soil The Foundation of Mineral Nutrition
Link between soils, food and human health
The FAO recently published a
great infographic in the link between soil health-plant health-human health, the basis of mineral nutrition. Animal scientists and veterinarians have known this for years and I have been studying the importance of soil mineral nutrition for almost 2 decades.
In 2004, I was fortunate to spend time with Dr Joel Wallach, a veterinarian and naturopathic doctor when he was lecturing in Australia. This meeting brought to life the intricate link between soil health-plant health-human health. I was able to interview him at that time and I was reminded of this interview after reviewing the FAO infographic. If you are interested in this interview, you can sign up for the audios by filling out the form below.
Continue reading Soil: The Foundation of Mineral Nutrition and Optimal Health
Why we need to understand soil microbial health and gut microbial health
A scanning electron micrograph of branching hyphave that embrace and penetrate a mineral particle. Fungi seem to enter the particle at upper right and center right. Scale bar = 10 micrometers. Fig. 1b from Landweert et al. 2001.
I came across a book review for
The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health in The Guardian this weekend. I have started reading the book and will summarize my thoughts in another blog when I am finished. However a couple of points I agreed with in The Guardian article – The scientists whose garden unlocked the secret to good health: Continue reading Soil and Gut Microbial Relationship