Soil is much more than our secure ground. With its flora and fauna, it is home to billions. There are more living things in a handful of soil than there are people on earth. The ecosystem consists of small predators, prey animals and decomposers such as bacteria, protozoa, fungi, algae, earthworms and millipedes. Growing and fading, eat and being eaten: This is where the circle of life closes. In addition to the world's oceans and forests, the soil is also an important reservoir for water and carbon.
Using technology and science, we have revolutionised soil management, developed high-performance fertilisers and increased yields. But intensive agriculture affects the skin of our earth just as much as slash and burn, erosion, drought and sealing. Many soils today show real symptoms of burnout. The result: there is less and less fertile soil worldwide. But clean water and healthy food only exists if the soil is intact.
From perma- or hydroculture to biodynamic agriculture to the possibilities of biotechnology such as innovative filter or substrate solutions: There are many good reasons to take a look at the subject of soil. The questions are very existential: What about the basis of our life? What are we building our future on?
On the topic of soil, we conducted one workshop in October 2019 at the St. Jacobi Friedhof in Berlin, which was organised in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Nehls, Stefan Schwabe and Jannis Hülsen.
The following video shows the results of the workshop BODENLEBEN and gives an insight into the experiences and thoughts of the workshop participants.
Results of the workshop participants
Within the workshops, the participants were instructed to develop short stories and objects in order to condensate new information, food for thought and ideas. Through the exchange and discussion in small groups, individual attitudes and convictions could be reflected and expanded.
The triangle represents our field of discourse. It shows excerpts of what we talked about in the workshops with the participants and what thoughts the topic of soil triggered in them.
Was der Mensch mit Boden machen kann