Soil Quotes

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Wendell Berry
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture

Edward Thomas
“To-day I think
Only with scents, - scents dead leaves yield,
And bracken, and wild carrot's seed,
And the square mustard field;

Odours that rise
When the spade wounds the root of tree,
Rose, currant, raspberry, or goutweed,
Rhubarb or celery;

The smoke's smell, too,
Flowing from where a bonfire burns
The dead, the waste, the dangerous,
And all to sweetness turns.

It is enough
To smell, to crumble the dark earth,
While the robin sings over again
Sad songs of Autumn mirth."

- A poem called DIGGING.”
Edward Thomas, Collected Poems

Muhammad Ali Jinnah
“You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.”
Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Tim Flannery
“A tree’s most important means of staying connected to other trees is a “wood wide web” of soil fungi that connects vegetation in an intimate network that allows the sharing of an enormous amount of information and goods.”
Tim Flannery, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World

Amit Ray
“Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth.”
Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

John Dewey
“Like the soil, mind is fertilized while it lies fallow, until a new burst of bloom ensues.”
John Dewey, Art as Experience
tags: mind, soil

Tom Robbins
“Although the surface of our planet is two-thirds water, we call it the Earth. We say we are earthlings, not waterlings. Our blood is closer to seawater than our bones to soil, but that's no matter. The sea is the cradle we all rocked out of, but it's to dust that we go. From the time that water invented us, we began to seek out dirt. The further we separate ourselves from the dirt, the further we separate ourselves from ourselves. Alienation is a disease of the unsoiled.”
Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

John Burroughs
“Man takes root at his feet, and at best he is no more than a potted plant in his house or carriage till he has established communication with the soil by the loving and magnetic touch of his soles to it.”
John Burroughs
tags: man, soil


A few decades ago, a woman tried to sue a butter company that had printed the word 'LITE' on its product's packaging. She claimed to have gained so much weight from eating the butter, even though it was labeled as being 'LITE'. In court, the lawyer representing the butter company simply held up the container of butter and said to the judge, "My client did not lie. The container is indeed 'light in weight'. The woman lost the case.

In a marketing class in college, we were assigned this case study to show us that 'puffery' is legal. This means that you can deceptively use words with double meanings to sell a product, even though they could mislead customers into thinking your words mean something different. I am using this example to touch upon the myth of organic foods. If I was a lawyer representing a company that had labeled its oranges as being organic, and a man was suing my client because he found out that the oranges were being sprayed with toxins, my defense opening statement would be very simple: "If it's not plastic or metallic, it's organic."

Most products labeled as being organic are not really organic. This is the truth. You pay premium prices for products you think are grown without chemicals, but most products are. If an apple is labeled as being organic, it could mean two things. Either the apple tree itself is free from chemicals, or just the soil. One or the other, but rarely both. The truth is, the word 'organic' can mean many things, and taking a farmer to court would be difficult if you found out his fruits were indeed sprayed with pesticides. After all, all organisms on earth are scientifically labeled as being organic, unless they are made of plastic or metal. The word 'organic' comes from the word 'organism', meaning something that is, or once was, living and breathing air, water and sunlight.

So, the next time you stroll through your local supermarket and see brown pears that are labeled as being organic, know that they could have been third-rate fare sourced from the last day of a weekend market, and have been re-labeled to be sold to a gullible crowd for a premium price. I have a friend who thinks that organic foods have to look beat up and deformed because the use of chemicals is what makes them look perfect and flawless. This is not true. Chemical-free foods can look perfect if grown in your backyard. If you go to jungles or forests untouched by man, you will see fruit and vegetables that look like they sprouted from trees from Heaven. So be cautious the next time you buy anything labeled as 'organic'. Unless you personally know the farmer or the company selling the products, don't trust what you read. You, me, and everything on land and sea are organic.

Suzy Kassem,
Truth Is Crying”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Israelmore Ayivor
“Do not rush to judge someone unless his/her fruits reveal the truth. However, don't forget; mostly, it's not the fault of the tree to produce bitter fruits. Sometimes, the soil determines that; blame the source! Deal with the soil! Don't deal with the tree! Other trees are there that the same soil can influence! Don't deal with your enemy, deal with the satan that sponsors them!”
Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

Aldo Leopold
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect”
Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

“Our most important job as vegetable gardeners is to feed and sustain soil life, often called the soil food web, beginning with the microbes. If we do this, our plants will thrive, we’ll grow nutritious, healthy food, and our soil conditions will get better each year. This is what is meant by the adage ”Feed the soil not the plants.”
Jane Shellenberger, Organic Gardener's Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West

“The only truly dependable production technologies are those that are sustainable over the long term. By that very definition, they must avoid erosion, pollution, environmental degradation, and resource waste. Any rational food-production system will emphasize the well-being of the soil-air-water biosphere, the creatures which inhabit it, and the human beings who depend upon it.”
Eliot Coleman, The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener

Kate Morton
“What was real, he knew now, was the soil beneath a man's feet. The earth, the natural world, from which could be derived every necessity. and on which were preserved the imprints of every man, woman, and child that had ever lived.”
Kate Morton, The Clockmaker's Daughter

Olivier Magny
“Studying wine taught me that there was a very big difference between soil and dirt: dirt is to soul what zombies are to humans. Soil is full of life, while dirt is devoid of it.”
Olivier Magny, Into Wine: An Invitation to Pleasure

Edmondo de Amicis
“What is working stain, does not soil.”
Edmundo de Amicis

E.A. Bucchianeri
“There's something satisfying about getting your hands in the soil.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Vocation of a Gadfly

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Hope is a fertile soil where flowers blossoms.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, The Alphabets of Success: Passion Driven Life

Daphne du Maurier
“Gaston's wife, who wept upon the instant, said to me, 'Death is beautiful. Madame Jean might be an angel in the sky.' I did not agree. Death was an executioner, lopping a flower before it bloomed. The sky had glories enough, but not the soil.”
Daphne du Maurier, The Scapegoat

Amy Seidl
“While it is relatively easy to recognize the perennial grasses and seed-eating sparrows as characteristic of meadows, the ecosystems exist in their fullest sense underground. What we see aboveground is only the outer margin of an ecosystem that explodes in intricacy and life below.”
Amy Seidl, Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“The earth is a seed planted in space; the darkest and yet the richest soil in the universe.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones, Giants At Play: Finding Wisdom, Courage, And Acceptance To Encounter Your Destiny

“I miss fragrance of freedom
Wafting from trees
Raw soil without grease
Of regrets beneath me.”
Suyasha Subedi

David R. Montgomery
“In many ways, soil degradation set the long-wavelenght pattern of history, as wars, natural disasters, and climate shifts pulled the trigger on environmental guns loaded by soil loss and degradation.”
David R. Montgomery, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Ehsan Sehgal
“As soil flourishes and nourishes every subject, regardless of distinctions, which beautifies and colours the blue planet; similarly, be the same to dignify and glorify your thoughts, character, and life.”
Ehsan Sehgal
tags: soil

“I have washed my soiled linen.”
Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms

Katharine McGee
“And beneath her bare feet lay the biggest structure on earth, a whole world unto itself. How strange that there were millions of people below her at this very moment, eating, sleeping, dreaming, touching. Avery blinked, feeling suddenly and acutely alone. They were strangers, all of them, even the ones she knew. What did she care about them, or about herself, or about anything, really?”
Katharine McGee, The Thousandth Floor

Judith D. Schwartz
“To put this as plainly as possible, what we're dealing with is a corporate appropriation of the world's soils. Which is occurring on two levels: the known and potential effects that chemical/biotech products have on the soil, and the question of who owns the land and therefore controls the soil and what it yields. This in the context of diminishing resources, including projected widespread food and water shortages, when all we've got is a capitalist system through which to allocate them. Something that in itself is problematic, since free-market capitalism currently construed promotes the goals of the corporations (market domination and profit) even when it violates the wishes of ordinary people and their desire for sovereignty over the food they eat and the crops they cultivate and feed to livestock.”
Judith D. Schwartz, Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

Lailah Gifty Akita
“A seed needs a fertile soil to grow.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Enock Maregesi
“Katika karne iliyopita, wanaakiolojia waligundua mbegu za pamba na ngano katika baadhi ya makaburi waliyokuwa wakiyafukua kwa ajili ya utafiti wao wa kisayansi. Mbegu hizo, zilizokadiriwa kuwa na umri wa kuanzia miaka 2000 hadi 4000, zilimea na kukua zilipopandwa katika udongo sahihi wenye rutuba. Roho ya maisha ilikuwa bado imo ndani ya mbegu hizo, pamoja na kwamba zilikosa mvua na jua kwa zaidi ya miaka 2000.

Huu ni uthibitisho kwamba kama mbegu itapandwa, itamea na kukua kama itapandwa katika udongo sahihi wenye rutuba. Matumizi sahihi, watu ni ardhi na mazingira yetu na kile tunachokifanya baada ya kupanda mbegu ni neno la ukweli ambalo ndani yake kuna kanuni na mafundisho ya Mungu, ndicho kinachoathiri matumizi ya mbegu.”
Enock Maregesi

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Soil is the home of the flower. All flowers must live in their homes, not in somewhere else; not in a woman’s hair or not in a lover’s hands or not on a dinner table!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

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