Fred Kirschenmann – Soil: From Dirt to Lifeline


“I’m not a soil scientist, I’m just a farmer”. In this Tedx video, Fred Kirschenmann gives us a vibrant yet very simple lesson on the importance of soil as a community of life, and the link between the quality of the soils and that of the food we grow.


Great video!

Fred Kirschenmann has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food issues for most of his life. He currently serves as both a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and as President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York.

He also still provides management over site of his family’s 2600 acre organic farm in south central North Dakota.

He was recently named as one of the first ten James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards which recognizes visionaries in creating more healthful, more sustainable, and safer food systems. He is the author of a book of essays which track the development of his thought over the past 30 years; Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays by a Farmer Philosopher, published by the University of Kentucky Press.

You can also read Emmanuel Faber’s tribune on food security here if you’re interested in this subject.

Reblogged from Common Dreams:

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