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Film Reveals How Industrial Agriculture Destroys Soil

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The documentary, “The Need to Grow,” highlights the damage industrial agriculture is doing to soil health
  • Seventy percent of the planet’s soils have already been destroyed
  • The entire food chain and human life depend on billions of microorganisms that coexist in the soil
  • Tilling the soil disrupts fragile soil life and turns soil carbon into atmospheric carbon dioxide, fueling the climate crisis
  • The film features Michael Smith, inventor of the Green Power House, a power plant powered by sunlight and waste that efficiently creates biochar to accelerate the regeneration of soil

“The Need to Grow” highlights the shocking damage industrial agriculture is doing to our soil. The documentary, produced by Earth Conscious Films, follows three people who are fighting for change in our food system.

They include a 6-year-old activist petitioning Girl Scouts to get genetically modified ingredients out of its cookies; a farmer, biochemist and chef who is fighting to keep his land for regenerative urban farming; and an inventor from Montana who developed a Green Power House to accelerate the regeneration of soil using biochar.


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