A satisfying, safe and sustainable food supply is ours. All we have to do is grow it.

    Written by Renae Larson
    on June 05, 2019

    The black gunk that gets stuck in your car tires or tracked into your house from muddy shoes isn’t dirt. It’s soil.




    Soil is the foundation of our planet

    It supports all life on Earth. The little critters, worms, plants, and flowers present in our lives are all here because of the soil. It, too, is alive. Soil is a melting pot of organic matter, nutrients, and living organisms that blend together to sustain life.

    The health of us, our planet, and our food is rooted in the health of our soil. Without nutrient dense soil, we cannot grow healthy crops. Soil health is an indispensable pillar of our food system and it drives the well-being of our people and planet.


    Making our soil healthy again

    Over time our soil has degraded. It’s now up to us to implement practices that restore the diverse ecosystem beneath our feet. Regaining essential soil nutrients and organic matter can be achieved in many ways — and it starts on the farm.

    Soil restoration requires a change in traditional agriculture practices. Incorporating cover crops, advancing crop rotations, and using regenerative practices are all tactics growers are integrating on their farms to restore what has deteriorated.


    Discovering regenerative crop footprints to promote healthy soil

    PURIS is studying soil health on partner farms with growers who are implementing regenerative practices. Soil research helps all of us understand how we can best support the earth and produce safe, healthy food for generations to come.

    Every PURIS grower has one thing in common: they all are growing PURIS non-GMO and organic yellow field peas. PURIS peas are a regenerative crop that biologically fix nitrogen by converting nitrogen from the air to a usable plant form of nitrogen in the soil. Giving more to the soil than they take, our growers are restoring soil health one pea at a time.

    Follow us through our soil research journey and learn how regenerative crops like PURIS yellow field peas are building our soil back up to levels that can sustain life.

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