Animated music video illustrates ‘You are what you eat’

Formidable Vegetable Sound System screenshot

Video screen capture Formidable Vegetable Sound System

Formidable Vegetable Sound System strikes again, this time with their ‘ecological electroswing’ celebration of soil.

We are probably all well aware of the concept that ‘we are what we eat,’ but maybe not about a related theory, which is that we are what we eat eats. And to take it a step further, we are what we eat eats eats. While that phrase may read incredibly awkwardly, it’s the simplest way of saying that our health and well-being is related to the quality of our food, and the conditions and inputs used for growing that food have an effect on that quality, whether it’s the nutritional value or the potential health impacts of eating it.

The most obvious correlation is the potential for the existence of pesticide residues on conventionally-grown produce, which may be quite small in quantity on an individual apple, but which may add up to significant exposure over time. But a much more subtle correlation, and one that isn’t easily measurable, is the relationship between the health of the soil where our food is grown (which can vary quite wildly, due to our widely distributed global food supply chain) and the nutritional value of that food.

That connection is yet another example of why soil health is extremely important, not only for farmers (who really only have one important crop, which is the soil itself), but also for us as the consumers of that food. And as boring as it might seem to those of us who aren’t microbiologists or soil scientists, the importance of soil health for not only growing healthy food, but for the future of sustainable food, can not be overstated.

But instead of subjecting you to a treatise on soil biology (I’ll leave it to experts such asDr. Elaine Ingham and the Natural Resources Conservation Service), here’s a fun animation and a catchy tune from the Formidable Vegetable Sound System, the “Aussie electroswing gardening band frolicking around the world spreading glitch-permaculture-ukulele-wonk-swing.”

Derek Markham (@derekmarkham)

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