Soil and the Microbiome

by | Jul 14, 2021 | Podcasts | 2 comments

Podcast Episode 98

Did you know there is a relationship between the soil and the microbiome? And how we grow our food affects the quality of the soil. Building on our Episode 43 all about the Microbiome, we offer a booster on the topic through the lens of how our industrial food system and its effects on the environment affect our gut microbiomes!

About the Show

Mary Purdy, MS, RDN, dishes out easy-to-digest information and tips about nutrition, lifestyle, and sustainable foods, backed by over 12 years of clinical experience, a specialty in and passion for sustainability, and a healthy sense of humor.


      • Why is the microbiome important?
      • How does our industrial food and agriculture system affect the microbiome?
      • What does the soil have to do with the human gut microbiome?
      • What is monocropping?
      • Do antibiotics fed to animals have an impact on human gut microbiome?


1. Food Print:

2. The Microbiome Diet Reset: 

Curious about studies behind the effect of soil health on the human gut microbiome?

Check out: “Does Soil Contribute to the Human Gut Microbiome?” 

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ABOUT MARY: Mary Purdy is an Integrative Eco- Dietitian with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from Bastyr University where she is Adjunct Faculty and a Clinical Supervisor at their teaching clinic. She writes, consults and  speaks at conferences throughout the year,  and was the Keynote speaker at the 2019 Bastyr University Commencement. Past experience includes:

  • 4 years as Coach and Clinical Education Lead at Arivale, Seattle
  • 8 years in private practice
  • 5 years Clinical Supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health

Mary takes an integrative/holistic approach to diet, health & wellness, promotes plant-based and sustainable eating habits and believes that food is medicine!

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is intended for entertainment purposes only. Please consult your doctor before following any information you hear here. The opinions expressed here are those exclusively of Mary Purdy, the Show’s producers, and guests.


  1. Deepak Sharma

    I am working with the indigenous community on reviving the food and farming system and this talk is really very effective for knowledge building on the subject thanks a lot

    • Mary Purdy RD

      Thank you, Deepak! We are so happy to hear that it was helpful. And how wonderful to hear that you are working with Indigenous communities. Feel free to send us a note with more info about you and your organziation. Always love knowing we have another ally out there.


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