How Industrial Ag is Making the Soil -- and Us -- Unhealthy Hannah Bewsey and Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association -- 11 Sep 2014 "Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Not anymore, according to soil health experts—unless the apple comes from a tree grown in healthy, organic soil."
Ploughing on Regardless: We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it George Monbiot, The Guardian -- 25 Mar 2015 "Landowners around the world are now engaged in an orgy of soil destruction so intense that, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, the world on average has just 60 more years of growing crops.
Soil and human security in the 21st century Ronald Amundson, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Jan W. Hopmans, Carolyn Olson, A. Ester Sztein, Donald L. Sparks, SCIENCE (published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science): Vol. 348 no. 6235 DOI: 10.1126/science.1261071 -- 08 May 2015 "Human security has and will continue to rely on Earth’s diverse soil resources. Yet we have now exploited the planet’s most productive soils. Soil erosion greatly exceeds rates of production in many agricultural regions ... In this Review, we highlight challenges facing Earth’s soil resources in the coming century. The direct and indirect response of soils to past and future human activities will play a major role in human prosperity and survival."
Soil Atlas: Facts and Figures about Earth, Land and Fields Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Published in Berlin -- 2015
Soil Biology Primer Elaine R. Ingham, Andrew R. Moldenke, Clive A. Edwards, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA -- 2000 On-line resources related to basic soil biology, soil health & management, the soil food web and more that support healthy plants and crops.
Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology Do the Job Jack Kittredge, Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter -- 14 Aug 2015
Soil Microbiome Is More Heterogeneous in Organic Than in Conventional Farming System Manoeli Lupatini et al, Frontiers in Microbiology -- 04 Jan 2017 "The environmental problems associated with the intensification of agriculture have initiated research efforts for conservation strategies. Converting conventional farms to organic farming systems seems to be a potential solution to diminish the loss of biodiversity and increase sustainable food production."
Soils for Life Farming Matters Magazine, published by the Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture-- Mar 2015
Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Food Web Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis, Timber Press -- 2010 (Seventh printing 2014)
Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition Jeff Lowenfels, Timber Press -- 2013 (Second Printing 2014)
The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture Sir Albert Howard, University of Kentucky Press -- 2007 (First published in the UK, 1947)
The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet Kristin Ohlson. Rodale Books -- 2014
FILMS, VIDEOS & VISUALS
Black Gold: The Secrets of Compost GardenAfrica -- 2013
Dirt! The Movie: A Story with Heart and Soil Film by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, Common Ground Media -- 2009
Farmacology [videotaped talk] Idea Festival, Louisville, KY -- Sep 2013
Soil: Our Climate Ally Underfoot Center for Food Safety -- 23 Sep 2013
Soil Infographic Global Soil Partnership, UN Food & Agricultural Organization -- 2014
The Real Dirt: Regenerating Soil Quality to Sustain Life Gabe Brown, OnEarth, NRDC -- 27 Aug 2013
Unlock the Secrets of the Soil [US Dept. of Agriculture Public Service Announcement] Dr. Laura Danly, Astronomer, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA -- 03 Dec 2015 “Studying Earth is just like studying the planets. Earth is a planet, and it’s the most amazing planet we know. It’s the only one we know that has life on it, so it’s a natural for me to want to talk about Earth and share some important messages with people about how we can make Earth healthier”