Soil to Soul - About us
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! - THE IDEA AND FACES BEHIND SOIL TO SOUL
The brainchild of Zurich businessman Thomas Sterchi and a series of partners, the Soil to Soul Symposium brings together experts in the fields of soil management, enjoyment and digestion. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of healthy soils and the corresponding effects of soil-related problems on the environment and on human health. This is done primarily by pursuing a holistic approach: Only an agriculture that rejects overexploitation can itself remain healthy and ultimately sustain the health of humans and their complex inner workings in the long run. But this is not the only reason that scientists at research institutes around the world want to focus our attention on soil: Microorganisms living within the earth’s surface are able to bind CO2, making them central to limiting the warming of our atmosphere. The program director of Soil to Soul is Andrin Willi. He jointly designs and develops programs together with initiator Thomas Sterchi and his company Tom Talent Management AG.
Based on the Slow Food model with its focus on biodiversity, Thomas Sterchi and his fellow campaigners believe that the enjoyment of high-quality food is the best motivation to stand up for endangered produce. For this reason, Soil to Soul not only focuses on the science, but also places great emphasis on the enjoyment that intact soil makes possible in the first place. Panel discussions and keynote speeches by prominent soil experts are therefore complemented by tastings and a Soil Food Market, where the region's soil-conscious producers can present and sell their products.