The Queen of Dirt

Veronika Bond Humus

Photo: Gabriel Jimenez Soil is sometimes called ‘dirt’. The word dirt originally meant ‘excrement’; and indeed, fertile soil has a lot to do with excrements. Animal feces make an important addition to the compost; they are called manure. And the end product of the digestive process of earth worms makes the best humus. However, dirt reminds us of uncleanliness, insignificance …

The Humus Revolution

Veronika Bond Books

Can we heal the soil, save the climate and change our food habits? Ute Scheub and Stefan Schwarzer believe we can. In their book Die Humusrevolution (The Humus Revolution, 2017) we can read that monoculture, agrochemicals and CO2 emissions are destroying the planet, and if we don’t do something fast, then we’ll all starve to death. This grim message is …

The Dying Soil

Veronika Bond Humus

Photo: Patrick Hendry They say, the soil is more fertile after a fire. That’s only true, if there is enough soil on the ground. ‘Charcoal and ashes on the rocks’ — and no soil? Real forests, productive orchards and healthy vegetables won’t thrive there. Soil erosion is ‘the latest global problem’. Ecologists have written and warned about it for a …