HEALTHY SOIL

 

Soil contains roots, bacteria, fungi and many other organisms that break down dead organic material, they also help release essential minerals and can lock away harmful carbon.

 

HEALTHY SOIL IS THE MOST BIOLOGICALLY DIVERSE HABITAT ON DRY LAND!

 

THERE ARE MORE ORGANISMS IN ONE SHOVEL FULL OF HEALTHY SOIL THAN ALL THE HUMANS EVER BORN!

PLANTS

 

Plants rely on soil organisms as an interface to extract nutrients otherwise unavailable. This partnership set up millions of years ago, allowed the first plants to colonise dry land and is just as important to them today.

Plants die or are eaten and returned to the soil to be reduced back to useable nutrients. This organic matter also helps to retain essential moisture within the soil structure.

MODERN ARABLE FARMING

 

Arable farming destroys soil organisms and the interface that allows plants to naturally extract nutrients from soil. To compensate, large amounts of chemical or organic fertilizer must be added further destroying soil organisms.

ARABLE SOIL

Reduced to little more than a sterile growing medium, it is able to support few organisms other than the planted crop!

HABITAT

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SOIL

Healthy Soil is the most diverse habitat on dry land and yet because of its complexity, is still the least known about!

 Damage to the soils biological components are often overlooked through a lack of understanding, on how these living communities interact with the worlds flora and fauna. Indeed, healthy soil is essential to all terrestrial life including our own.

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SECRETS OF THE SOIL

By Dr James Merryweather

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