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  • Joan Rothchild Hardin

The Soil’s Microbiome

It’s hard to keep your immune system strong and yourself healthy if you’re consuming poor quality food.


Just as the human gut requires an array of microbes necessary to create good digestion and healthy interaction with the rest of the body, a plant’s root ball needs to absorb the proper microorganisms from the soil to grow nutrient-rich plants. If the soil is poor quality, any plants grown in it will be lacking in nutritional value for any animal eating them – including humans.




Soil health affects everything along the food chain: the plants themselves, insects that feed on the plants, animals eating the insects – and food products made from the plants and the animals eating those feeds. It’s called a food chain because it’s all connected – though not really in a chain.