We live in an age of chemical dependency. We use chemistry to grow our foods, to maintain our lawns and homes, and to control our health. This dependence has developed over the course of the industrial revolution gaining incredible steam after World War 2. Post-war factories used to build weapons were converted into fertilizer production plants and left over munitions were sold to farmers for field applications. Since then, large scale industrial farmers as well as urban homeowners have come to rely on superficially cheap chemicals to maintain the appearance of healthy land. We know now that these chemicals are not cheap. They cost many billions of lives from the tiniest soil microbes to the buzzing bees all the way to our children, our loved ones, and ourselves.
A renaissance is happening though. A biological renaissance.
We’re learning that our faith in chemistry’s ability to solve all of our problems was a dangerous and largely blind one. We’ve followed the corporations as they’ve pumped out knew and exciting concoctions year after year to the detriment of all except the bank accounts of a few millionaires. No more. We’re awakening to a far more healthy and sustainable relationship with the land. This relationship is a biological one.
We can grow plenty of healthy food. We can enjoy beautiful gardens and yards. We can live on this planet in peace. We can do it all without toxic chemicals and even without fossil fuels. In fact, it’s possible that we can only do it without these extracted resources.
Renaissance Soil is about reviving our relationship with the land starting in our own backyards.