We just watched Symphony of the Soil, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, Lily Films 2012
A Terminator or Rocky action movie it’s not but it is well worth seeing. It does make us understand the importance of soil to life as we know it on this planet. The movie follows the formation of soil from the Rocky glacier underpinnings interacting with water to the organic matter formed by living organisms. We learn about the importance of the balance of carbon and nitrogen in our air, how farm animals contribute to the natural cycle and the Symphony of unseen life it takes to sustain ourselves. Finally, what we need to do to avoid the Terminator.
Using both cutting edge science and ancient knowledge, we see examples of farmers with sustainable methods of farming bringing life to soil otherwise decimated by drought and chemical farming. The movie explains how organic farming can sustain life on our planet and why chemical farming is overused. Direct examples of where rainfall runs off from chemically farmed soils (unfortunately also now known as conventional) are given comparing the runoff and infiltration with organic and peat soils.
By the end of the movie we are not holding our breath to see ‘who done it’, but we are encouraged to see what can be done about it. There is no mystery so I’m not giving away the ending. Symphony of the Soil is an uplifting movie about life, how to support life, who is making it happen and how we can all breathe a little easier.
Get involved, know your farmer and know your food.
Come Join us at the Mayfair Theatre for “The Symphony of Soil”, Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 6:30pm, doors open at 6:00pm
MAYFAIR THEATRE 1074 Bank St, Ottawa
$ 6 Mayfair members $10 General $7 Senior $5 Children (13+under)