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'Dirt! The Movie' explores threat to soil, a key to life on the planet

Vandana Shiva, physicist and environmental activist: "Mud is not just the matrix of life in which we grow our plants; it's ... our very sense of who we are."
Vandana Shiva, physicist and environmental activist: "Mud is not just the matrix of life in which we grow our plants; it's ... our very sense of who we are."

Dirt is coming to the library. Make that Dirt! The Movie.

The documentary about the thin, all-important but largely ignored layer of soil that covers much of our planet will be shown on Tuesday at the Central Library.

Don't laugh. Dirt is very important. It is the source of almost everything we eat. But it has been abused as long as people have been around. Some experts estimate one-third of our topsoil has been lost in the last century.

The documentary looks at threats to dirt around the world, then offers a hopeful message that humans can heal what they have harmed.

Directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, the movie is narrated by actress Jamie Lee Curtis. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil, the movie Web site states.

The viewing is sponsored by the Good Foods Co-op board of directors.

It's part of a monthly series that began in May and will continue until October, said Danielle Dove, Good Foods' marketing manager.

"These are movies that really relate to our mission at large, and we feel it is important that the public at large see them," she said.

Good Foods has two locations: Good Foods Market & Café on Southland Drive, and Good Foods Chapter 2 inside the downtown library.

Chapter 2 will stay open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday so people can have a meal or snack before the movie.

For film trailers and more information, go to www.dirtthemovie.org.

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