Dirt is a fantastic film. Narrated by Jamie-Lee Curtis and featuring gorgeous, humerous cartoon illustrations, it takes you on a journey deep into the soils of the planet.
The film covers the consequences of treating our precious farmland, cityscapes and wildernesses'like dirt'. The scary depressing section of the movie is only a short segment in the middle: the film carries a profoundly hopeful message - that it is possible to heal the dirt, the soil, the earth. First, is possible in a very short time to create soil. Second, that if you allow and help the soil biology to heal, keeping all the organic 'waste' on the land, nature's abundance will take over and you will be astonished at how things will grow. In short if we allow the soil microorganisms to thrive, we will thrive. If we all grow at least some of our own food, we have a hugely increased chance of surviving.
As always, it is the use of pesticides and herbicides that have been used as the tools of a genocide against soil biology, our food and wildlife. Pesticides and herbicides kill the earth and decrease our ability to feed our populations. The practice of tilling the soil destroys it, via erosion; because of the loss of hydration and hummus.
The experts interviewed give many tiny snippets of wisdom: it is highly informative and the stories they tell are fascinating. The earth-restoration toolbox takes an action list from permaculture, no-till, and natural farming and a hefty dose of common sense based on observation: keep your land-care organic & chemical free, stop using monoculture (an 'all you can eat' to plagues of pests), most importantly, RESPECT THE EARTH.
Simply, we will perish if we do not start thinking and behaving in a completely different way... 'Dirt' shows us that that different way of living is joyfull, bountiful and allows us to live with integrity.
A great movie - every single TV station worldwide should run it primetime, three times a week, until we all start to open our eyes and see that the dirt under our feet is a million times more precious than gold - it is our lifeforce.