Soil is the building block of any type of plant growing in it. Yes, there is even research to support such a claim – soils rich in organic matter grow food that is more nutritious.
That means, not only is it important to eat healthy foods (i.e. plants), but it is equally important that those plants have been grown in healthy soils. The best way to do this is to know your farmer/producer and learn about their methods with their land. You can also grow your own food.
“Organic” is good and “local” is good – but in both cases you should become familiar with the producers and their use of the land/soil.
And if you are looking for products and services that may help you, keep your eyes on our FOOD section.
Pollan, M. (2009). Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual. New York, NY: Penguin Books.