Last night I watched Dirt!, a documentary that considers many perspectives on the uses for and value of dirt. Some parts felt far-fetched (e.g., I’m sure some other planets have dirt; we’ve analyzed so few to know), but most parts were thought-provoking. Even some sections that seemed pointless (paving dirt on the Indian floor every day) actually speak to ways of life that I believe will outlast modern industrial farming and all that goes with it.
Some of the topics in the film reminded me of three articles I’ve read recently:
- Debating the Local Food Movement (Emily Badger, The Atlantic, 3 July 2012)
- Brazilian City Offers Vegetables in Exchange for Trash (Stephen Messenger, TreeHugger, 16 July 2012)
- The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise (Lester Brown, Guardian, 24 July 2012)