Imagine if you didn't need fertilisers to grow food... If you produced more in the good times and had fewer set-backs when the weather played up.
It's difficult to appreciate what we can achieve as virtually all of us grow food in soil that no longer functions properly.
Our soils may not show the customary signs of soil degradation: salinity, erosion and compaction. Nevertheless, they are degraded because they lack soil structures promoting root growth, and nutrient recycling systems supplying food to our plants when they need it.
It has become the norm to substitute for these FREE ecological services by cultivating soil and applying fertilisers. Virtually everyone does it.
Good news... we can get our soils working again!
There are farmers around the world showing us what we can achieve.
- Reduce fertiliser costs - nutrients naturally supplied to your plants by your soil ecosystem
- Leave your tractor in the shed – give the job of making good soil structure to the experts – your soil organisms
- Increase water and nutrient storage in your soil - by increasing levels of organic matter
- Grow strong plants, less vulnerable to pests and diseases - with a bio-diverse soil food web
Bringing back these free ecological services, you'll reduce your costs without sacrificing yields.
Use this resource to develop 'eco-logical' solutions or your farm.