Lauren Krizansky believes soil health is pivotal to produce healthy foods and to foster a resilient, living farm environment, one that includes the human being. On farms that practice proactive soil health fundamentals, the crops are vigorous and water use is efficient. Synthetic inputs and chemicals are vastly reduced, which make way for insect and microbial populations to thrive. Disease pressures disappear and product quality improves while available resources evolve. These farms celebrate agriculture. These farms are proof healthy soil is the key to maintaining productivity, and that its side effects contribute positively to the overall farm system.
Every person has the choice to learn about their farm and food system. The growing network of soil health practitioners, agro-ecological researchers and educated consumers is motivating farms across the U.S. to evaluate their management practices, which is resulting in the changes needed to protect and improve agriculture. Reductionist theory is a dominant force in agricultural sciences. It often provides an immediate solution to an isolated symptom of an illness that healthy soils can cure.
Soil health today is an alternative, but in the future it will become a necessity. Building bridges between the farmer, the scientist, the politician, the corporation and the consumer will create more and more opportunities for soil health to become the norm in modern agriculture.