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We're Treating Soil Like Dirt. ItâEUR(TM)s a Fatal Mistake, as Our Lives Depend on It


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Kathy
- 1303 days ago - theguardian.com
Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity crisis, no terrorism, no war.



   

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Reverend Aimie Foster (7)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 7:58 am
Noted and shared. Thank you for sharing, Kathy
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 8:10 am
War, pestilence, even climate change, are trifles by comparison. Destroy the soil and we all starve

Shared.
Thanks Kathy.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 8:48 am
Simply no respect or appreciation 4 mother earth. Thanks
 

Ben O (140)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 9:23 am
Organic farming...what more is there to say...?
 

Kathryn M (108)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 11:02 am
Thank you, Kathy. Good article. I shared on facebook.
 

Kevin C (2)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 12:18 pm
Permaculture practice rejuvenates the soil but it cannot keep up with the wholesale destruction occurring globally. Deforestation actually exacerbates soil degradation because forests are an intrinsic part of the entire ecosystem. With chemical warfare (conventional agriculture) the soil life forms that ensure the soil works is all but destroyed and this leads to the inevitable depletion of the micronutrients essential for plant growth. Phosphorus is being depleted by the boat load hence the algal blooms in rivers and streams and ultimately the big give away are the dead zone regions like the huge one in the Gulf of Mexico. Once we run out of phosphorus (about 15-20 years global supply left) we are totally and utterly screwed. I am not joking here. Go check out why phosphorus is so important to life on planet Earth. Its non substitutional and its not even possible to make it artificially. Once its gone into the lowest regions of the oceans its there for a very long time. Geological time. In fact I would go so far as to say it is down there until the ocean floor becomes land again. Which is an infinitely long time. Planet Earth may well be burning from a bloating sun as it expands and dies. That is how long. So we have less than 20 years to sort ourselves out or face a certain death due to starvation on a global scale. Cutting down the remaining rainforests to farm that land is not an option unless we want to suffocate as well. Rainforests are the lungs of the planet.
 

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 1:52 pm
Thank you very much for sharing.
 

Barbara T (431)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 2:31 pm
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ALL such ads, are in fact Criminal Solicitations to commit the Federal Crime of Money Laundering; laundering money stolen by CyberCriminals who are based in Eastern European countries. You DO in fact make such large sums of money - a PERCENTAGE of the stolen money as your reward for participating in a CRIMINAL ACT. You don't get to keep the money long - as the Feds can EASILY trace you thru your Home Computer. The real Cybercriminals are offshore and will never get caught. You could do time in a Federal Prison and the Feds can freeze all your assets.

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These facts are well-researched and verifiable. Sources include the website krebsonsecurity.com and two U.S. Prosecuting Attorneys.
 

Terry Wheeler (1)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 4:12 pm
Dirt is almost as important as water
 

Paul Christensen (1)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 6:48 pm
This is the fall out from modern single crop agriculture. The problem has been compounded by the vast amount of acres that are now farmed with Monsanto and other chemical manufacturers crops that are glyphos resistant. Even weeds put humous and nutrients back into the soil. We will see vast changes in how our food is grown. Smaller [ at best much smaller] farms with much more intensive management. Crop rotations,companion crops to repell pests and build up soil structure where not a marketable product. Coupled with grazing cycles using animals to add the humous for water retention as well as nutrients via manure. Modern agriculture is EXELLENT at growing one crop very cheaply. We are starting to see the fall out from this type of agriculture. Future generations will pay....dearly
 

Janet B (0)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 6:58 pm
Thanks
 

Karen E (23)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 9:14 pm
noted. tyfs Kathy
 

Julie W (33)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 9:54 pm
Thanks Kathy. Only one university left which teaches soil science. No wonder we are in such a mess. How can future farmers look after the soil if they are are not taught how to understand it?
 

Roslyn McBride (32)
Sunday March 29, 2015, 11:08 pm
Noted - if we don't learn to respect the land, we're all in serious trouble.
 

Kyle Ness (0)
Monday March 30, 2015, 12:43 am
What farmer doesn't understand the soil? Plant when optimum, keep the crop healthy with fertlizer, keep the crop clean of competition, at end of year mix the crop debris into the soil after harvest to build up organic matter and allow water to soak into soil faster to stop erosion, annual soil testing to see how the soil is for the next crop, add what is needed. soils are full of micro organisms and invertebrates, other beneficial critters. Use low tire pressues to cut down on any compaction. (some cases a person's foot print places more pressure to ground than properly inflated tractor tires)
 

Kevin C (2)
Monday March 30, 2015, 2:55 am
The entire point about this article is that the very points that you make Kyle are the ones that are destroying the soil. Adding fertiliser! That is what I was talking about with phosphorus depletion. Adding other things to the soil as you state in your world are chemicals. These kill all those micro-organisms and invertebrates that you claim are beneficial. Or are you still taken in by the claims from the agrochemical industry that their chemicals are safe?
Clearing weeds is one other way of missing the point entirely. Weeds only grow well where the soil conditions allow. Some weeds are actually indicators of the soils condition. They tell when a soil is lacking in some mineral or micronutrient. They also are natures way of replenishing the soil with micronutrients. Tap Root weeds indicate a lack of nutrients in the soil upper layers. Clump like fine rooted weeds show too much nitrogen in upper layers especially if the weed types are big leafed. But why should I go on. Your firmly entrenched in your agrochemical warfare world of modern agriculture and to suggest its wrong is totally against your entrenched views.
 

Kevin C (2)
Monday March 30, 2015, 2:57 am
And if you can be bothered to read here is an article from 2012 that tells us what will happen if we run out of soil. Not any old soil but the soil that we need to grow our food. Healthy clean chemical free soil is a rarity these days because of the agrochemical industries hell bent agenda of profiteering from nature.
http://world.time.com/2012/12/14/what-if-the-worlds-soil-runs-out/
 

Justin Shapiro (2)
Monday March 30, 2015, 3:12 am
Interesting read
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 30, 2015, 6:12 am
Time to act or starving
 

Kyle Ness (0)
Wednesday April 1, 2015, 11:42 pm
Kevin, You don't know a thing about soil. The word replenish means to replace what the crop removed from the soil. It took many years to find out why yields kept dropping after farmers began to grow crops in the 1800's and discovered in the early 1900's that the reason for crop yield declines was because crops remove nutrients from the soil. Without fertilizers food prices would be 6 times what they are now due to yields being 1/5 of what they are now. Fertilizers have no harmful effect to any soil organisms. Phosphorus is a mineral that is mined. Nitrogen is an atmospheric gas that is encapsulated to be fixed into the soil for crop use. some add pot ash which is Potassium which is also a mineral and also mined. Today, we use soil testing to know exactly what is needed. Weeds rob yields and has no more effect on the soil as the crops residue after harvest.
 

Kevin C (2)
Thursday April 2, 2015, 3:24 pm
You know you do talk some absolute rubbish Kyle. I most definitely do know about soil. It was one very major part of my degree research so stop telling me I don't know when I already do. I know more about soil than you do and your patronising rant proves it. Go back and re read your posting. When you have finally worked it out what is wrong with it then come back and apologise for insulting my intelligence. Only then will I even bother to acknowledge your existence on here. I won't even give you a hint of what is wrong with your world view of soil but I'll bet a few onlookers already worked it out.
 

Kyle Ness (0)
Thursday April 2, 2015, 10:48 pm
I have an Ag degree as well one in Ag research and a crop, soils degree. Close friends are Ag consultants and studied many aspects of crops, soils. They currently work University crop trials doing countless soil, crop testing. They know exactly what is needed each year for the performance of many different soil types. They also know what the debris of each harvested crop returns to the soil. The stats returned on a weedy field showed very poor yield, returns far less nutrients to the soil, the weeds return very little and not beneficial to the following crops yield which yielded less than prior year due to excessive competition for far less nutrients available. Yields in the trial: Clean 90/85 yr 1 no weed control, no fert. 35 bu ac. year 2. yield: 25bu ac. at which point trial ended and served no feasible reason to continue as yields dropped to the level of the 1920's.
 
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