This is the contact/address I'm pretty sure is current for
the award-winning "Life in the Soil" video. Cost is $50.
World Sustainable Agriculture Association
3510 Nuuanu Pali Drive
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 595-8014 FAX
This is the video that has been shown at dozens of sustainable
farming conferences and seminars around the country, wowing
farmers and composters with its incredible pictures of soil life.
It is particularly effective at demonstrating how agricultural
practices influence soil biology as well as soil tilth.
One example worth noting:
In one sequence in the "Life in the Soil" video from the Nature
Farming movement in Japan, there is a comparison of two plate counts.
The first agar plate is taken from a soil managed by conventional
methods and it illustrates a low diversity of soil microorganisms.
The second agar plate is taken from a soil managed by Nature Farming
methods and it illustrates a high diversity of soil microorganisms.
The importance of soil organism diversity becomes more apparent
through the video, when soil health and disease suppression are
correlated to higher microbial diversity.
The soil microbial plate counts illustrates a fundamental
principle of sustainable agriculture: diversity = stability &
Fyi, these microbial plate counts are now offered by some of
the innovative labs here in the states (e.g., Agri-Energy Resources
Lab in Illinois as one example), so that farmers can test their
soils and composts or compost teas, as an indicator of
microbial diversity and population quantity.
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