The bottom line for topsoil: value its benefits before it’s dug to death

Staying in touch with the soil can help to make us happier and save the planet

Did you know that “dirt” – by which I mean soil – is the new Prozac? It’s all down to a rather remarkable, naturally-occurring soil bacterium by the name of Mycobacterium vaccae, which has been proven by scientists to have a mood-enhancing, serotonin-boosting effect similar to that of anti-depressants.

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