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Soil Depletion

Soil Depletion

Soil Depletion

Featuring: Alice McGary
Location: Mustard Seed Community Farm in Ames, Iowa

Soil depletion is the removal of nutrients, biological diversity, or structural quality due to improper extractive practices. Top soil takes nature up to 500 years to create a single inch.

Alice shows me the irrevocable loss of top soil on her neighbor's land after record rainfall in May 2013.

Where it's going: The Gulf of Mexico
What we can do to minimize soil erosion: grow crops, which cover the soil during more months of the year and grow crops, which add organic matter back into the soil to preserve soil quality. By following the proper principles, rainwater can be captured, redirected, and stored for future use.

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