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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dirt - The Movie

Dirt - The Movie, inspired by the book Dirt by William Bryant Logan, is an interesting look at our soil and how it is being eroded and destroyed. In the last 100 years we have lost a third of our valuable top soil. Mono cultivating has also messed with the natural system. Because farmers plant thousands of acres with the same crop, when pests descend on the crop they affect all the surrounding agricultural area too. The farmers bring in pesticides to take care of the pest, but this also destroys the nutrients in the soil.  To overcome this problem, nitrogen fertilizer is added. Very little of the fertilizer soaks into the plant root system, the rest flows into streams and rivers. Following the Mississippi, fertilizer flows down to the Gulf ultimately feeding algae. The algae suffocate fish and only the jellyfish survive.  I'd write more on the subject, but I'm inspired to rake leaves and turn my compost pile to get ready for planting my vegetable garden this spring. 



9 comments:

shah wharton said...

Oh damn it my connection isnt good enough to watch this trailer - movies looks good though. Do pop back - Thanks for stopping by and reading my poem. wordsinsync.blogspot.com. Shah .X

Helen Ginger said...

It is scary what we're doing to Mother Earth. We think of it as being done by corporations or big farming conglomerations, but we're each contributing.

Audrey said...

Hi, Ann...thank you for visiting. And no, I really don't get the whole vampire thing. :)

Penelope Lolohea said...

Wow, a third of our top soil? That's scary to think about. I've never heard of the book, but both it and the movie sound interesting. I'll have to check them out!

Claire said...

I just added this to our Netflix queue. Thanks for the recommendation. Derek and I are both interested in the subject.

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KY Warrior Librarian said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. When I returned the favor and saw your posting of the "Dirt" trailer and the pictures of your dogs (I'm a canine person all the way), I felt an immediate "connection". Wouldn't it be nice if we could live our lives like every day was "Earth Day" and not just one day in April.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Hm... will have to check this one out. Hope it's at netflix on demand. :)

Karen said...

This looks really interesting. I love these kinds of movies even though I end up rather depressed.