Symphony of Soil
About the film:
Symphony of the Soil, 2012, 103 minutes
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic
exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and
mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the
complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human
relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development,
and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging
environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and
working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights
possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy
Discussion to follow lead by Holly Stover, MSc, PhD Student Department of Biology, Western University.
About discussion leader, Holly Stover, MSc, PhD Student Department of Biology, Western University.
Holly has studied how soil properties affect the distribution of plant species in places where soil has been disturbed by human activities. Her current PhD research investigates the impact of soil homogenization from tillage during agricultural operations on plant diversity and ecosystem resilience.
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