Dirt: The Movie

Dirt is everywhere—under our feet and all around us, but for the most part, we don’t give it much thought. To understand that a plant grows from seed with only dirt, water and sunlight as aides is truly amazing, but we must remember that the plants are not the only source of life. Dirt itself is a living, breathing part of life on Earth, and we need to ensure it is given the care and respect it deserves.



Dirt is everywhere—under our feet and all around us, but for the most part, we don’t give it much thought. To understand that a plant grows from seed with only dirt, water and sunlight as aides is truly amazing, but we must remember that the plants are not the only source of life. Dirt itself is a living, breathing part of life on Earth, and we need to ensure it is given the care and respect it deserves.

Over the weekend, I watched Dirt: The Movie. Admittedly, it doesn’t sound like the most interesting choice of flicks, but it was educational, interesting and even poignant. The eye-opening documentary tells the story of dirt, how we use (or abuse) it and why we need it. You instantly learn that dirt is much more than ground coverage–it’s the lifeblood of our planet. Without dirt we wouldn’t even be here.

The film features several soil and agriculture experts from around the world who share their insight and stories on dirt’s importance, with a common theme: We need to change how we treat dirt. The need for industry and the shift from family gardens to agribusiness have a strong and negative impact on dirt and all the organisms and plants that depend on it, including us. Climate conditions and how we respond to them challenge dirt’s fertility and sustainability.

Thinking about how we act is truly saddening. I teared up several times as I witnessed the starvation, deforestation and desertion that humans are collectively responsible for. It’s apparent that Earth was entirely self-sustaining before we came along and let greed and selfishness dictate how we use our planet–as if we own the place!!!

There is, however, a silver lining. Dirt is renewable, and if we change our habits to use the soil differently, we can reverse negative effects, conquer hunger and educate the next generation on how to correctly care for Earth and its dirt. Planting trees and gardens can change and protect soil’s livelihood in as little as 10 years. Fixing dirt is not a far-off fantasy. It’s possible and it can start today.

Dirt: The Movie is alternately saddening and inspirational. If you have the slightest interest in sustainability, it’s a must-watch.

Watch the trailer for Dirt: The Movie



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