Peggy Taylor Reid  

“All living things depend on soil to live.” (2)

The Mason jar in this series holds soil collected from different locations around Ontario, which are either prime agricultural land or very poor growing areas.  One Inch of Soil refers to startling research which calculated the total amount of arable soil in the world, and that if this amount of soil was spread across the entire land surface of the earth, it would only reach a depth of one inch.(2) Today, most arable land is under duress from over-production, erosion, poor management and deforestation. Our resources for producing the food needed to feed the world are being compromised. 

“Human Numbers have grown explosively, making us the most numerous mammal on Earth. Our increased technological dexterity allows us to exploit Earth’s resources – trees, fish, minerals, food and so forth – on a vast scale. The global economy exploits the entire planet for raw materials while providing the world with a cornucopia of consumer products. Taken together, these factors have increased our ecological footprint beyond the capacity of Earth to cleanse and replenish itself. What is needed now is a recognition of our most fundamental needs, around which societies and economies must be organized.” 2

1.     Suzuki David , Sacred Balance,  Greystone books, 2007.    

2.     http://www.earthsciweek.org, 2015. American Geosciences Institute

 

  Ground Water , 2015, Archival Ink Jet print archivally mounted on gatorboard, 20 x 30 inches ed. 1

Ground Water, 2015, Archival Ink Jet print archivally mounted on gatorboard, 20 x 30 inches ed. 1

Installation shot of One Inch of Soil, the Red Head Gallery, Toronto Ontario