The basic premise is this (based on my understanding):
Taking care of the soil leads to healthy vegetation, which enables the ground to sequester carbon from the air and retain it. By growing healthy plants through natural means, you create resilient farming practices and abundant food supply. The result – stabilize the earth’s climate, restore ecosystems, and prevent an agricultural collapse.
Kiss the Ground makes this proposition through what is essentially an 85-minute lecture on soil science and regeneration. The science-backed narrative has visual effects that at times make it look like a PowerPoint presentation.
This doesn’t mean that Kiss the Ground is completely dull.
The documentary uses panoramic shots with NASA and NOAA footage, which conveys the scale of the problem. It combines perspectives from experts and environmentalists with stories from celebrities and followers, which shows doable solutions. Ranchers can use animal grazing and no-till farming. Cities can turn food waste to composts for farms. Villages can use composting to solve sanitation and ecological problems.
This sounds like a lot, and it is. Kiss the Ground is able to present its case but pumps its already hefty mix of facts with unnecessary information that you wish this documentary came with a handout.
It also glosses over the challenges of going natural and simplifies a global solution. It requires sweeping reforms, switching to a plant-based diet, buying organic foods that are more expensive, and composting your own poop. And hey, this isn’t about the money or human greed, it’s about love.
The documentary tries its best not to politicize or preach, even when it’s clear that it requires politics and a big lifestyle change. One of its proponents states you can still eat beef (as long as it’s from grass-fed humanely killed cows) as soon as a vegetarian makes his testimony.
Kiss the Ground still manages to be an educational documentary, even if its good message is buried underneath a scattershot narrative. There’s enough here to make you curious, even when it’s pandering.
Kiss the Ground
Kiss The Ground is an environmental documentary that delivers a scattershot but educational proposition for Regenerative Agriculture.