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Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and ... See full summary »

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Ignacio Chapela ...
Himself - Narrator / Interviewee, Microbial Ecologist and Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Dan Barber ...
Himself - Chef, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Blue Hill Restaurant
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Herself - Physicist and Environmental Activist
Daniel Hillel ...
Himself - Retired Professor of Soil Physics and Hydrology and Senior Research Scientist
Elaine Ingham ...
Herself - President and Director of Research, Rodale, 2011; President and Director of Research, Soil Foodweb Inc 1996-2011
Michael Hansen ...
Himself - Senior Scientist with Consumers Union, Publisher of Consumer Reports
Fred Kirschenmann ...
Himself - Farmer, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, President of the Board, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Penny Livingston-Stark ...
Herself - Co-Director of the Regenerative Design Institute and Co-Manager of the Commonweal Garden Organic Farm, Bolinas, CA
Kate Scow ...
Herself - Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
Warren Weber ...
Himself - Farmer, Star Route Farms, Bolinas, CA
John Williams ...
Himself - Owner and Winemaker, Frog's Leap Winery, Rutherford, CA
Paul Hepperly ...
Himself - Research Director 2002-2009, The Rodale Institute
Oliver Chadwick ...
Himself - Professor of Geography
Charles Benbrook ...
Himself - Chief Scientist of The Organic Center
Jaspal Singh Chattha ...
Himself - Farmer, J & P Organic Farm, India
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Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. Written by Anonymous

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Information on our planet and food we all should know
17 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary takes us through the formation, use, and history of soil and makes a compelling case for organic farming and for forgetting technological fixes that ignore the reality of the biology of soils. This is not information that agribusiness wants people to know, since their business model relies on heavy machinery, genetic engineering, and chemical-intensive methods.

Most compelling is that many answers to the problems of food production, pollution, environmental degradation, and disease are already here and in use, if only people would listen, become informed, and buy wisely.

I had some idea, but not to the extent shown in the film, of soil's importance. I really had no idea that the solutions to our problems lie well within our grasp if only we can change our ways.

Somewhat explored in the documentary are the ideas that a tremendous amount of inertia lies in current practices, both in terms of government regulation which favors agribusiness, and in terms of perception resulting from public relations campaigns and advertising these multinationals use to preserve their profitable business model.

However, the film does not come off as a political diatribe, but only as the accumulated wisdom of many experts in the field, both academic and working organic farmers. The film serves more as an open-ended exploration of these points of view, tying perceptions into scientific fact and common sense.


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