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Symphony of the Soil (2012)

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103 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, ...See moreDrawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. Written by Anonymous See less
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Deborah Koons Garcia (as Deborah Koons)
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Deborah Koons Garcia (as Deborah Koons)
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Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam (as Vivien Hillgrove)
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Updated Mar 25, 2012

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Oct 11, 2013 (United States)

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Ignacio Chapela
Self - Narrator, Interviewee, Microbial Ecologist and Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley Self - Narrator, Interviewee, Microbial Ecologist and Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley   See fewer
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Dan Barber
Self - Chef, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Blue Hill Restaurant Self - Chef, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Blue Hill Restaurant   See fewer
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Vandana Shiva
Self - Physicist and Environmental Activist Self - Physicist and Environmental Activist   See fewer
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Daniel Hillel
Self - Retired Professor of Soil Physics and Hydrology and Senior Research Scientist Self - Retired Professor of Soil Physics and Hydrology and Senior Research Scientist   See fewer
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Elaine Ingham
Self - President and Director of Research, Rodale, 2011; President and Director of Research, Soil Foodweb Inc 1996-2011 Self - President and Director of Research, Rodale, 2011; President and Director of Research, Soil Foodweb Inc 1996-2011   See fewer
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Michael Hansen
Self - Senior Scientist with Consumers Union, Publisher of Consumer Reports Self - Senior Scientist with Consumers Union, Publisher of Consumer Reports   See fewer
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Fred Kirschenmann
Self - Farmer, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, President of the Board, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture Self - Farmer, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, President of the Board, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture   See fewer
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Penny Livingston-Stark
Self - Co-Director of the Regenerative Design Institute and Co-Manager of the Commonweal Garden Organic Farm, Bolinas, CA Self - Co-Director of the Regenerative Design Institute and Co-Manager of the Commonweal Garden Organic Farm, Bolinas, CA   See fewer
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Kate Scow
Self - Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology Department of Land, Air and Water Resources Self - Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology Department of Land, Air and Water Resources   See fewer
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Warren Weber
Self - Farmer, Star Route Farms, Bolinas, CA Self - Farmer, Star Route Farms, Bolinas, CA   See fewer
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John Williams
Self - Owner and Winemaker, Frog's Leap Winery, Rutherford, CA Self - Owner and Winemaker, Frog's Leap Winery, Rutherford, CA   See fewer
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Paul Hepperly
Self - Research Director 2002-2009, The Rodale Institute Self - Research Director 2002-2009, The Rodale Institute   See fewer
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Oliver Chadwick
Self - Professor of Geography Self - Professor of Geography   See fewer
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Charles Benbrook
Self - Chief Scientist of The Organic Center Self - Chief Scientist of The Organic Center   See fewer
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Jaspal Singh Chattha
Self - Farmer, J & P Organic Farm, India Self - Farmer, J & P Organic Farm, India   See fewer
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John Aeschliman
Self - Farmer, J.E.A. Farms Ltd Self - Farmer, J.E.A. Farms Ltd   See fewer
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David R. Montgomery
Self - Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington Self - Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington   See fewer
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John Reganold
Self - Regents Professor of Soil Science, Washington State University Self - Regents Professor of Soil Science, Washington State University   See fewer
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Helmy Abouleish
Self - Managing Director of the Sekem Initiative Self - Managing Director of the Sekem Initiative   See fewer
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Ibrahim Abouleish
Self - Professor and Chairman of Sekem Group and Founder of Sekem Self - Professor and Chairman of Sekem Group and Founder of Sekem   See fewer
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Jack Algiere
Self - Four Season Farm Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture Self - Four Season Farm Manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture   See fewer
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Viraj Beri
Self - Professor and Head of Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University Self - Professor and Head of Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University   See fewer
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Bob Cannard
Self - Farmer, Cannard Farms, Sonoma, CA Self - Farmer, Cannard Farms, Sonoma, CA   See fewer
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Lynne Carpenter-Boggs
Self - BIOAg Specialist with the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University Self - BIOAg Specialist with the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University   See fewer
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I.M. Chhibba
Self - Senior Soil Chemist, Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University Self - Senior Soil Chemist, Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University   See fewer
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Philippe Coderey
Self - formerly the biodynamic manager for Bonny Doon Vineyard Self - formerly the biodynamic manager for Bonny Doon Vineyard   See fewer
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Laurie Drinkwater
Self - Department of Horticulture, Cornell University Self - Department of Horticulture, Cornell University   See fewer
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Umendra Dutt
Self - Executive Director, Kheti Virasat Mission Self - Executive Director, Kheti Virasat Mission   See fewer
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Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher
Self - ormer Director General of the Environmental Protection Authority of Ethiopia and PhD in Plant Ecology Self - ormer Director General of the Environmental Protection Authority of Ethiopia and PhD in Plant Ecology   See fewer
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Kimberly Epps
Self - Post-Doctorate in Soil Science, Stanford University Self - Post-Doctorate in Soil Science, Stanford University   See fewer
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Anne Evans
Self - Farmer, Blaencamel Farm Self - Farmer, Blaencamel Farm   See fewer
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Josh Frye
Self - Poultry Farmer Self - Poultry Farmer   See fewer
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Jerry Glover
Self - Soil Scientist, The Land Institute Self - Soil Scientist, The Land Institute   See fewer
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Keith Goulding
Self - Head of the Department of Soil Science at Rothamsted Research Self - Head of the Department of Soil Science at Rothamsted Research   See fewer
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Randall Grahm
Self - Owner, Bonny Doon Vineyard Self - Owner, Bonny Doon Vineyard   See fewer
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Zakaria El Haddad
Self - Professor of Agriculture at Benha University and Director of the Egyptian Biodynamic Association Self - Professor of Agriculture at Benha University and Director of the Egyptian Biodynamic Association   See fewer
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Hans R. Herren
Self - Co-Chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development Self - Co-Chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development   See fewer
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Angela Hofmann
Self - Coordinator of Agriculture and Instructor for Agricultural Engineers, Sekem Self - Coordinator of Agriculture and Instructor for Agricultural Engineers, Sekem   See fewer
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Patrick Holden
Self - Farmer, Former Director of the Soil Association, United Kingdom 1995-2010 Self - Farmer, Former Director of the Soil Association, United Kingdom 1995-2010   See fewer
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Rob Hopkins
Self - Founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network Self - Founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network   See fewer
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David Huggins
Self - Soil Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Pullman, WA Self - Soil Scientist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Pullman, WA   See fewer
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Brad Jaeckel
Self - Manager of Washington State University Organic Farm Self - Manager of Washington State University Organic Farm   See fewer
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Vijay Jardhari
Self - Seed Saver, Farmer, Activist Self - Seed Saver, Farmer, Activist   See fewer
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Jennifer Johnson
Self - Graduate Student in Biology, Stanford University Self - Graduate Student in Biology, Stanford University   See fewer
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Elizabeth Kaiser
Self - Farmer, Singing Frogs Farm, Sebastopol, CA Self - Farmer, Singing Frogs Farm, Sebastopol, CA   See fewer
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Paul Kaiser
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Parminder Kaur
Self - Natural Farmer, Kothy Gradhirin Wala, Punjab, India Self - Natural Farmer, Kothy Gradhirin Wala, Punjab, India   See fewer
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Surinder Kaur
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Jerry Konanui
Self - Mahiai Farmer, Hawaii Self - Mahiai Farmer, Hawaii   See fewer
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Raj Kumar
Self - Senior Pedologist, Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University Self - Senior Pedologist, Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University   See fewer
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Satish Kumar
Self - Editor of Resurgence Magazine and Program Director of Schumacher College Self - Editor of Resurgence Magazine and Program Director of Schumacher College   See fewer
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Timothy Lasalle
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Ala Lindsey
Self - Researcher with Stanford University Research Team, Kohala, Hawaii Self - Researcher with Stanford University Research Team, Kohala, Hawaii   See fewer
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Kevin Lunny
Self - Rancher, Lunny Ranch, Inverness, CA Self - Rancher, Lunny Ranch, Inverness, CA   See fewer
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Harry MacCormack
Self - Organic Farmer, Sunbow Farm, Corvallis, OR Self - Organic Farmer, Sunbow Farm, Corvallis, OR   See fewer
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Klaas Martens
Self - Organic Farmer, Martens' Farm, Penn Yan, NY Self - Organic Farmer, Martens' Farm, Penn Yan, NY   See fewer
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Mary Howell Martens
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Steve McGrath
Self - Senior Principal Scientist, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom Self - Senior Principal Scientist, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom   See fewer
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Bill McKibben
Self - Scholar in Residence at Middlebury College Self - Scholar in Residence at Middlebury College   See fewer
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Jeffrey W. Moyer
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David Pimentel
Self - Professor of Ecology and Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University Self - Professor of Ecology and Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University   See fewer
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Warren Porter
Self - Professor of Zoology & Environmental Toxicology and an Affiliate Faculty Member of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison Self - Professor of Zoology & Environmental Toxicology and an Affiliate Faculty Member of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison   See fewer
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Sohan Prihar
Self - Retired Professor of Soil Physics, Punjab Agricultural University Self - Retired Professor of Soil Physics, Punjab Agricultural University   See fewer
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Will Raap
Self - Environmental Entrepreneur, The Intervale, VT Self - Environmental Entrepreneur, The Intervale, VT   See fewer
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Judith Redmond
Self - Farmer and Partner at Full Belly Farm, CA Self - Farmer and Partner at Full Belly Farm, CA   See fewer
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Ray Schutte
Self - Community Garden Advocate and President of P-Patch Trust, Seattle, WA Self - Community Garden Advocate and President of P-Patch Trust, Seattle, WA   See fewer
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Peter Segger
Self - Farmer, Blaencamel Farm, Wales Self - Farmer, Blaencamel Farm, Wales   See fewer
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Balwinder Singh
Self - Farmer, Kothy Gradhirin Wala, Punjab, India Self - Farmer, Kothy Gradhirin Wala, Punjab, India   See fewer
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Chamkour Singh
Self - Farmer, Kheti Virasat Mission, Punjab, India Self - Farmer, Kheti Virasat Mission, Punjab, India   See fewer
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M.P. Singh
Self - Soil Scientist, Navdanya Farm, Dehradun, India Self - Soil Scientist, Navdanya Farm, Dehradun, India   See fewer
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Rajendra Singh
Self - Water Conservationist and Founder of Tarun Bharat Sangh, Rajasthan, India Self - Water Conservationist and Founder of Tarun Bharat Sangh, Rajasthan, India   See fewer
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Sally Smith
Self - Former Head of Information and Training at Garden Organic Ryton, Coventry, United Kingdom Self - Former Head of Information and Training at Garden Organic Ryton, Coventry, United Kingdom   See fewer
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Saran Sohi
Self - Former Soil Researcher, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom Self - Former Soil Researcher, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom   See fewer
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Janice Thies
Self - International Professor for Soil Biology, Cornell University Self - International Professor for Soil Biology, Cornell University   See fewer
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Peter Vitousek
Self - Professor of Biology, Stanford University Self - Professor of Biology, Stanford University   See fewer
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Hans Werner
Self - Founder of Sekem Medical Clinic Self - Founder of Sekem Medical Clinic   See fewer
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Edward Yeboah
Self - Research Scientist, Soil Research Institute, Ghana, and Rothamsted International African Fellow, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom Self - Research Scientist, Soil Research Institute, Ghana, and Rothamsted International African Fellow, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom   See fewer
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8.5 / 10 | 125 votes