A recent UK government report – https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmenvaud/180/180.pdf  states that we should change our view of soil as a growth medium and treat it as an ecosystem in its own right. The problem is that consumers are dictated to by supermarkets and industrial food producers. Their products have very little to do with the soil, not even the veg. Our tastebuds have been hoodwinked, natural occurring vitamins, acids etc have been replaced by chemical flavourings with no nutritional value. Our friends, the tastebuds, no longer stand at the vanguard as we consume foods. We can no longer tell the quality of our food. The soil is a distant memory for most. The quality of our soil should be tasted by, and understood, by us all as we eat.

If we do not understand the importance of soil quality we miss the importance of our own health. In 60 years agribusiness would have destroyed our soils here in the west – https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/only-60-years-of-farming-left-if-soil-degradation-continues/. In 60 years my little girl will be eating purely synthetically raised foods. She will have no use for her tastebuds……. Soil will have no meaning to us.