eat some dirt

In his fantastic book "The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved", Sandor Ellix Katz tells us to go eat some dirt. 

Clean dirt, obviously. Not dirt downstream from a chemical processing plant. 

There's actually a word for it: geophagy. The practice of eating dirt to obtain nutrients. Often seen in rural societies among pregnant women. Those crazy country breeders.  

Awesome, hey?

Ellix Katz also sees eating local soil as a fast track integration into the wonderful microbial ecology of where you you live. "Be here now," he says. "Learn to love the flavour of the earth."

I love that. 

Washing my (local Kipfler) potatoes a little less energetically.













5 Comments on “eat some dirt

March 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Ooh, I love a good kipfler… steamed to perfection, a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkle of salt flakes (preferably Murray River pink salt), mmm. Hadn’t considered the dirt, but does seem to make sense 🙂

March 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Shame the dirt in my backyard is full of lead! I read recently about a food growing area in Syd also being contaminated with heavy metals. I so wish we would appreciate the value of our soil and stop polluting it. Once it’s contamined we can’t clean it up.

Big Sky Days
March 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

hear, hear! really love this.

March 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Amen fellow country-mum!

March 19, 2011 at 5:42 am

Interesting, thanks for sharing, would like to read more.


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