23 hours ago
In your hands, the spongy structure of #healthysoil looks and feels like moist chocolate cake; offering more life in one single teaspoon than there are people on the planet.
The segment of soil which creates this telltale texture is called #humus and despite its contribution to the tactile-ness signaled by its existenceence, it's shapeless. Without any scientific knowledge of soil at all, you can spot humus' assassination when instead of chocolate cake beneath your feet, you find parched dirt in its place.
In many ways, humus offers the same benefits to the soil that colostrum offers a newborn. Like the human body, humus absorbs elements emitted by animals and plants in varying stages of decay ( #compost ), converting them to nutrients which let soil feed, reproduce, suppress disease, fix nitrogen, and retain moisture; creating a womb in which plants can grow.
Its motherly acts don't end there either, recent research has shown that our species subconsciously remembers where we stem from as "breathing in the scent of Mother Earth stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin, the same chemical that promotes bonding between mother and child".
'Humans' and 'Humus' share the same etymology of being 'from and for the earth', their roots intertwined with 'Humble', which is how one feels when learning the tales of #reciprocity from the kingdom below.
The existence of humus in the ground is one of our main aides us in reversing #climatebreakdown , as it stores the overpopulation of carbon we've pumped into the atmosphere, converting it into topsoil (the part of soil we grow our food in).
Humus also offers resilience against both drought and flooding, storing 80-90% of its weight in moisture like a reservoir so life above and below ground can thrive and survive.
Like most mothers, humus is incredibly resilient, but current conventional agricultural practices weaken her. When weakened or killed, its benevolence is blocked from continuing, and without it, no life can survive on this planet.
On the blog, I’ve shared an extended version of this post with solutions, or, you can click through to @kisstheground for the same lessons 🌱