Is general health declining in synchronicity with soil health? - What has human health in common with soil health?
Soil and the human health rely on active microorganisms. The human gut micro-biome diversity is about 10% that of soil bio-diversity and has decreased or altered dramatically with chronic lifestyle diseases as a result.
As a Naturopath, one of my foremost Health advice is about what 'feeds you and your microbiome'. I call this active prevention. Meaning taking responsible action, food and lifestyle choices to stay healthy. - Anything which interferes with your microbiome diversity will have a negative effect on your long term health, and the same holds true for soil health.
Since industrialisation about a third of the world’s soils are degraded because of soil erosion, caused by massive deforestation and farming methods not in balance with nature.
Soil which is degraded has little ability to absorb and store Carbon dioxide. We understand that it is impossible to change this overnight. However, being aware of this problem, and the solution, which is soil regeneration for Carbon sequencing and also for healthier and more disease resistant crops.
Soils Health is about 2 things, first, feeding the soil with organic matter such as compost and cover crops, which can be an off-season crop planted after harvesting the cash crop. The cover crop may grow over winter. Secondly, not depleting the soil in the first place by over cropping, and by adding artificial fertilizer and pest control.
The same can be said for human health, eating not enough nutritious food, and too much refined and processed food will deplete your health and will give rise too an unhealthy microbiome with long term negative consequences.
The aim is to encourage as many farmers as possible to switch to regenerative bio dynamic organic farming.
The Earth’s soils contain more carbon than the planet’s atmosphere and vegetation combined, however when soil is exploited, the trapped carbon is released back into the atmosphere, resulting in planet-warming emissions.
By re-introducing microbes, fungi, plant roots, nematodes, earthworms carbon is stored and used.
Re-introduction is achieved by adding compost, a natural mineral mix and possibly even Mycorrhizal fungi. - A single square inch of soil can have miles of these fungus root extensions, called mycelium. These roots store and transport water and nutrients to surrounding plants.
Carbon can be sequestered - meaning … isolated and hidden away. (in the soil)
A regenerated soil will produce better crops and will need less water..
Investing in better soil management will make our agricultural systems more productive and resilient to future shocks and stresses.
Using compost, keeping soil disturbance (No tilt method) to a minimum and rotating crops to include plants such as legumes can help restore organic matter back into the soil.
Organic farming is not as work intensive as it used to be. - No Till, no watering, no weeding, no fertilising, no pest, no disease, constant harvesting and no time wasted. - Modern machinery can be used for large scale organic farming. Money can be saved by Not buying artificial fertilizer. The benefits of the switch are much more rewarding, as the health of the soil and environment improves, so does your worms, birds, water holding capacity, drought resilience and income.
Start a Garden - use a no tilt organic garden practice, lots of compost and mulching.
Got no Garden? Use planting boxes.
Support companies and people who do the right thing
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Redsoilorganics.com.au - For all your earth and garden care in SE/Qld contact -
www.carbon8.org.au/ - To transition Aussie farmers to regenerative agriculture and support them to rebuild the carbon (organic matter) in their soil from 1% to 8%.
Soil Health - Great tips > Climaterealityproject.org/blog/soil-health
Does Soil Contribute to the Human Gut Microbiome? - Recent research data indicate that the modern lifestyle/environment is the most active driver in shaping the human intestinal microbiome despite the confounding influence of dietary habits, culture, and host genetics.
Whatsyour2040.com/ JOIN THE REGENERATION Learn about, contribute to, advocate for and invest in regenerative solutions to improve our planet.
How You Can Stop Global Warming - Healing the planet starts in your garage, in your kitchen, and at your dining-room table.
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