The Solution Is In The Soil

July 18, 2013

Airports have become so familiar to me that I’m beginning to build friendships with airline staff and TSA employees. Even the customs officials welcome me home or see me off with congratulations on my gigs. Homeland Security officials grew to know me over the years, mispronouncing my name at first, to questioning the validity of my jobs overseas, to eventually asking for autographs and pictures. Their gradual awareness has become the meter on which I have measured my success. Thanks TSA. You’re my TMZ.


The Heathrow lounge teems with quiet excitement like a study hall. It’s here, on my way to Istanbul, that I get time to brush my teeth, lengthen my spine, and thanks to free wi-fi, share an awesome video with you.


As you may or may not know, I keep track of flights and offset the carbon emissions by planting trees and supporting organic farms and gardens. Below is the TED talk from Graeme Sait, who’s research linking soil health to human health will open your eyes and blow your mind as he connects the health of our food to the health of our whole system. As both an organic farmer and a man of the world, this TED talk speaks directly to me, proving that there IS hope for humankind. All we have to do is humbly bow to the Earth.


In the age of information, ignorance is a choice. Thanks for spreading the message and doing your part. xo


  • Avatar of n.namaste
    n.namaste said ...

    Hello Jason
    I’m so eager to see you in Warsaw,
    I’m so happy to learn more about you everyday or every time you post something
    I find it wonderful that you have found a goal in life
    You reach people’s heart and mind and you have changed me.
    I have always been close to Nature, roots and even more ever since i came back into your world reading your thoughts.
    You are definitely an amazing, inspiring man, when i see you, read you, hear you, i see that there is still good in humankind
    You send me positivity in this very dark world we live in…
    I hope you will touch many more people in the future
    and I hope that you will always be safe, happy and that nothing bad happens to you <3
    There are many more things i would like to tell you unfortunately i'm lacking english vocabulary…
    Will hope to meet u on that August 21st day
    See you there!

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    kidest said ...

    sometimes i find a wistfulness to your posts that makes me wonder where you’re coming from.

    tx for sharing this. hadn’t seen this one!


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    mrazfan1031 said ...


    This is so true. Thank you for using your beautiful voice to open the eyes for all of us to see it is now time to help the earth. We all have to work together and do our part to try to repair our world. I am grateful for all that you do.

    xoxo, Love & Peace.


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    GloriousMe said ...

    My grandparent’s were small farmers, bringing in enough income from it to survive. The land they farmed back in the day, is a hard baked clay now. The area has been under drought conditions for the better part of ten years. This talk does a great job of explaining why.

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    sailucie said ...

    Humus what a beautiful words we as humans are intelligent species do we understand the real meaning of this word thanks for this video. There is towns now that do composting and shares it for gardening.

    I always though without knowing that instead of bombing people with bombs they should use potatoes that would knock out the enemy (bad qualities) and in revenge would fertilize the soil and would help grow food. So many Country with little water this Humus would be a great idea. But are the politics leaders willing to learn and grow.

    Love you all and have a wonderful trip to Istanbul.

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    Peaceout said ...

    PS. I wish I could hug the ocean and the earth. We have done a number on our whole home.

    I still feel so strongly that we need to go even deeper to learn how to value our own lives and the lives of others in order to really understand our environment and change our relationship to it too. It does come down to compassion and in addition recognizing our true worth so we do not have to begrudge our own lives. We can lead lives of incredible value. INcredible Value. <3 This is key. <3

    Going to keep on trying with everything I have.

    ((Hugs)) to all who need them. :-)

    Safe travels, Jason Mraz! I hope the stars shine brightly for you!

  • Avatar of Peaceout
    Peaceout said ...

    That’s Crazy!
    I just learned about Humus a week and a half ago! <3 !

    But this gave me much more information and gives me a lot of hope.

    Here are the main actions steps and benefits laid out from his talk. I am going to share this! Thank you!

    1. Buy food from those practicing regenerative farming (Farmers Market)
    2. Pay Carbon Credits to primary products to increase soil humus (A group of people who are struggling. Motivate them to do the right thing and pay them credits quickly.)
    3. Composting needs to become the mantra, particularly City Councils (Lobby councils, separate bins – for compost and to buy compost)
    4. We inoculate our soils with humus building organisms – the most important of these is mycorrhizal fungi (responsible for 30% of humus, 90% knocked out but we can bring them back.)
    5. Legislate to protect the organisms in the soil that will save the day. Herbicides are more harsh on soil life than on plants.
    6. Burning of crop residues needs to be stopped immediately (demineralization and loss of food for the organisms!)
    7. Include a carbon source with every nitrogen-based fertilizer
    8. Humates extracted from brown coal become indispensable humus building tools for everyone
    9. We direct our Superfunds/pension funds to invest in enterprises involved in developing renewable energy rather than those (BHPs) adding to the problem Lobbying out Superfunds


    - What determines profitability is agriculture is Humus.

    - It is our greatest water management tool – it holds it's own weight in water, beneath the ground and cannot evaporate plant root takes it as it needs it.

    - A 1% in organic matter results in 170,000 liters of water that could not be stored before. compost your green waste and food scraps!

    - It improves nutritional value, it is the only thing that stores all minerals.

    - It is the bridge between the soil and the plant. The higher the humus amount in the soil, the less the soil needs chemical intervention! The mineral base will enable the plant to protect itself.

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    MarLuna said ...

    I appreciate this video, and all those who seek the answers that would benefit not just themselves or their views, but genuinely pull up their sleeves and feel like helping to connect positively to benefit the earth and all who inhabit it. One man can’t do it alone, even with a team of powerful friends or even political positioning; people must open their hearts as well as their eyes to change the direction of self to all together. So grateful we have people who use their intelligence married with compassion (void of ego)to help the rest of us don our nursing caps in any way possible.

    I’ve just moved in to a home that after years of wanting more space to grow food (not just in containers anymore)I will soon be able to use bio-dynamic gardening to share with my neighbors and creatures, and it shall be my alter to Gaia.

    Thank you for offering in anyway you can, and for giving me the hug I always wanted to experience(plus two great photos- a plus)especially in the energy of Luc & The Lovingtons. A special thank you to your girlfriend who supported you in giving yourself to all those who vied for a small moment with you to reciprocate the love we all received from your music and who you are.

  • Avatar of gealine
    gealine said ...

    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for blogging again! i missed it so much, i love to read what’s going on in your life.
    I still miss the personal blogs on freshnessfactorfivethousand(jeah i still remember the whole link ;p) they meant so much to me. Because i could really relate to your feelings.
    But i think you’re doing a great job with supporting an healthy and green lifestyle.

    i’m sending love to everyone who reads this,


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    max.teichman said ...

    Jason’s avocado farm soil is now a deep blue, thanks to San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant leaking radiation since January 2012.