Soil health is important for humans because healthy soil is the foundation of our food system. Soil provides the nutrients and water that plants need to grow, and healthy soil supports healthy crops that are essential for our diets. In addition to food production, healthy soil also supports a range of ecosystem services such as water filtration, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity.
When soil health is compromised, it can have negative impacts on human health, vigor, and longevity. For example, soil that is contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or other toxins can lead to food contamination and negatively impact human health. Soil erosion and degradation can also lead to decreased crop yields, food shortages, and malnutrition.
In addition to the direct impacts on human health, soil health also plays a critical role in addressing the challenges of climate change and population growth. Healthy soil is a key component of carbon sequestration, which can help to mitigate climate change by removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil. Healthy soil also supports the resilience of agricultural systems, which are essential for feeding a growing global population.
However, when the soil becomes barren of life, it can have significant negative impacts on food production, the environment, and human health. For example, if the soil becomes depleted of nutrients and beneficial microorganisms like fungi and earthworms, crops may not be able to grow properly, and food production can suffer. Barren soil can also lead to increased erosion and loss of topsoil, which can further exacerbate environmental degradation.
Overall, maintaining healthy soil is essential for human health, food security, and the environment. By promoting healthy soil management practices like cover cropping, reduced tillage, and crop rotation, we can help to ensure the long-term sustainability of our food systems and the health and well-being of future generations.
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Our blue planet dictates interdependency for health & survival of every living being. Soil & life always intertwine, We are intelligent to learn, adapt & co exist. For it is wisdom of existence.
A very unique film on how to restore soil health More about Plant Health Cure: https://www.phc.eu/en/over-phc/visie-...
During his keynote, AEA founder John Kempf explained how to manage crop nutrition and the importance of using Sap analysis in a regenerative operation. For more information, check out our website at advancingecoag.com
Dr. Thomas Dykstra, Director of Dykstra Labs and AEA Scientific Advisor, is a trained entomologist with a vast background in agricultural consulting. For years, Tom has been illuminating farmers to the science behind insect pressure and demonstrating why insects do not—and cannot—attack healthy plants. In our latest webinar, Dr. Dykstra sits down with John Kempf to explain what constitutes a healthy plant, the machinations of insect digestion, and how to use the Leaf Brix chart as a reference guide for any kind of pest pressure. https://www.advancingecoag.com/
Soil! Find out how soil’s ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere may hold the key to solving the massive environmental problems caused by climate change. Panelists include: Ryland Engelhart and Calla Rose Ostrander of Kiss the Ground; Scott Murray, organic farmer and resource conservationist; Pablo Rojas, rancher,El Mogor Ranch, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California; Keith Pezzoli, Director of Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego; David Bronner, CEO, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps; Justine Owen, soil scientist, UC Berkeley; and Michelle Lerach, Founder of the Berry Good Food Foundation. Series: "UC Climate Solutions Channel "
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Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Ray founded Understanding Ag, LLC, and Soil Health Academy to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. https://soilhealthacademy.org/
Harmful effects of Chemicals like Urea - Ammonia - Nitrogen etc. Why healthy biology is important for plant growth, Importance of microbes - fungi - test - cover crops and many more.
A presentation by Ray Archuleta of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service at the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. This session covered basic soil health principles necessary to build soil health, such as minimizing soil disturbance, keeping the soil covered at all times, growing a living root year round, and using plant diversity above ground to increase diversity below. It also reviewed soil health testing procedures. Learn more at http://www.sare.org/covercropconference.
Sadhguru looks at what is holding Indian agriculture back and why our farmers are committing suicide on such a largescale. He looks at what it will take to reverse this situation and how we can go about achieving a revival of Indian agriculture. Isha Foundation is a non-religious, not-for-profit, public service organization, which addresses all aspects of human well being. http://www.ishafoundation.org/
A few voices of Biodynamic Agriculture share their view of the beautiful harmonies that exist within nature and how following Biodynamic practices can heal the land, influence our food systems and, in turn, nourish our health. To learn more visit http://kisstheground.com/biodynamic/
This presentation by entomologist Nathan Hermond focused on groups and species of pollinators that are less familiar to the general public. The goal is to spread awareness of the variety of species in different parts of the world and provide tools for people to conserve and enhance pollinator biomes for these special species. Additionally, ecological and biological features were covered. Website https://npsot.org/wp/clearlake/
"A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate
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Fungi are the reason why life on land exists, as they helped plants move from the ocean onto land via symbiosis. Even to this day, fungi is an incredibly important part of nature, and also has so many different uses to human. Although the word "fungus" may conjure up negativity in some, fungus has been the driving force for evolution, and life as we know it would be possible without them.
TED-Ed16M View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/can-plants-... Can plants talk to each other? It certainly doesn’t seem that way: They don’t have complex sensory or nervous systems, like animals do, and they look pretty passive. But odd as it sounds, plants can communicate with each other — especially when they’re under attack. Richard Karban explains how. Lesson by Richard Karban, animation by Yukai Du.
We now have a new understanding of the underground ecosystem. It turns out that fungi barter and trade with other organisms like little stockbrokers. New research has revealed that fungi barter and trade with other organisms, meaning there’s basically an entire economy of nutrients right beneath our feet that we are only just uncovering. Possibly the most widely distributed organisms on Earth, fungi exist everywhere on Earth from the North Pole to the South Pole. Fungi take elements like carbon that are trapped in organic matter, and through decomposition, process and release them back into the ecosystem for other organisms to use. Fungi do this by releasing a cocktail of enzymes and other helpful chemicals that allow them to break down organic material outside of their bodies so they can more easily digest the nutrients...this is how fungi cause decay. But the thing is, fungi are more than just their essential role as nutrient cyclers—fungi that work with plants in this way can grow into structures called hyphae, or delicate thread-like tendrils that push into a plants’ roots forming mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae are symbiotic relationships that exist between fungi and the plants they glom on to. In exchange for the essential nutrients that fungi provide for the plants, plants in return, form carbohydrates through photosynthesis and provide fungi with sugars creating a worldwide network of nutrient exchanges that occur between all kinds of microbes. The whole system is known as the Wood Wide Web. And a research team in Amsterdam recently found that these nutrient exchanges might operate almost like an economy. Learn more about this underground economy in the secret fungi kingdom on this episode of Elements. #Fungi #Economy #Ecosystem #Plants #Seeker #Science #Elements How These Bacteria Become Electrical Cables That Could Power Our World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPZTs... Read More: Behind the Scenes:
How Fungi Make Nutrients Available to the World https://www.energy.gov/science/articl..."To break down lignin, white rot fungi use strong enzymes, proteins that speed up chemical reactions. These enzymes split many of lignin's chemical bonds, turning it into simple sugars and releasing carbon dioxide into the air. White rot is still better at rending lignin than any other type of fungus" Hidden Partners: Mycorrhizal Fungi and Plants https://sciweb.nybg.org/science2/hcol..."Fungi are microscopic cells that usually grow as long threads or strands called hyphae, which push their way between soil particles, roots, and rocks. " Mycorrhizal networks in ecosystem structure and functioning http://www.functionalecology.org/view..."As mycorrhizal fungi tend to be non-specific in their choice of hosts, many plants can be linked through fungal hyphae in a common mycelial network (CMN). These networks can be enormous, with around 200m of mycorrhizal fungal hyphae present in a single gram of typical forest soil."
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Did you know farmers can use microscopic worms called nematodes to naturally fight off pests? Special thanks to Koppert Biological Systems for providing the footage. Find us on social media! Instagram: @food.unfolded Website: http://www.foodunfolded.com
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As powerful decomposers and efficient nutrient movers, the world’s macro and micro fungi fulfill critical roles in the sustainment of resilient soil and habitat ecologies. In this talk, Peter will highlight these keystone fungal functions to demonstrate the many reasons that the funga should be placed alongside the flora and fauna in any discussion on environmental health. A talk by Peter McCoy Founder, Mycologos SPEAKER EXPERTISE Peter McCoy is an author, researcher, and interdisciplinary educator advancing a variety of applied mycology fields. https://mycologos.world https://www.soilregensummit.com/talks...
The rhizophagy cycle involves bacteria and yeasts that are used by plants to obtain nutrients in soils. Plants cultivate microbes using root exudates (sugars, organic acids, amino acids, etc.) secreted into soils at root tips, then internalize microbes into root tip cells. Microbes internalized into root cells are subjected to root-produced reactive oxygen (superoxide) to extract nutrients from them. Superoxide causes microbes to lose cell walls and makes membranes leaky. Some of the microbes are completely degraded. Microbe cells that survive superoxide bombardment are replicated within root hairs and are ejected back into the soil from the tips of elongating root hairs. Once back in the soil, microbes obtain additional nutrients, then are attracted back to root tips by exudates. In the rhizophagy cycle, plants ‘farm’ soil microbes to obtain nutrients. How the rhizophagy cycle functions and its significance for crop cultivation will be discussed in detail. 2021 Soil & Nutrition Conference - https://soilandnutrition.org/Hosted by the Bionutrient Food Association - https://bionutrient.org/
Pesticides are not new and are definitely not a human invention. Plants and other microorganisms have used chemicals to defend themselves from other organisms for hundred thousands of years.
Take, for example, walnut trees. Their roots produce a chemical called juglone that is secreted into the soil and inhibits nearby plant growth. This ensures the walnut tree has all the nearby nutrients and water for itself.
Plants also produce insecticides. Nicotine is the most famous example, produced by plants in the solanaceae family, including tomatoes, potatoes and, of course, tobacco. Many plant-eating insects avoid tobacco plants because nicotine is a powerful neurotoxin that can kill them.
Black walnut, pecan, hickory and other trees in the walnut family produce a chemical called juglone that may be toxic to nearby plants. Wikimedia
Humans have replicated this natural chemical warfare to produce pesticides that have become essential for agriculture. But insecticide use also raises concerns about their impact on non-target species such as bees, or their indirect effect on birds, which eat a lot of insects.
“We are what we eat and plants give us what we feed.” Dr. Ramanjaneyulu is waging a war against use of pesticides in agricultural activities and has challenged farming methods. Apart from running the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture as the Executive Director, he also runs an outlet, Sahaja Ahaaram, which stocks pest-free products from farmers. He dedicated himself to the benefit of farmers and his campaign, ‘India for Safe Food’. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
A unique approach to looking at the big picture of soil health by comparing the economy of a country to the underground economy of the soil. The complex relationship between plants, soil, and biology and how they are interconnected and interdependent will be discussed. Economic fundamentals of supply, demand, currency, capital, energy, resources, infrastructure, and defense will be applied to the bustling subterranean economy of a healthy soil system. The role of carbon as the currency that facilitates interactions between plants, soil, and biology in this system will be discussed. This presentation is part of the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. Slide presentations and additional conference information is available at http://www.sare.org/covercropconferen.... Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) provides grants and outreach to advance innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life. SARE is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.
Keith Berns, farmer and co-owner of Green Cover Seed, gives a talk about how soil biology has the same characteristics as an economy at the 2020 Delmarva Soil Summit, held on February 26 & 27 in Georgetown, DE.
Joel is an independent plant and soil health educator and a healthy soil advocate. He provides lectures, workshops and consultation on soil management, plant nutrition and integrated approaches to sustainable food production. He earned a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Australia specializing in plant and soil dynamics and has a particular interest in managing soil microbial ecology along with crop & soil nutrition to optimize plant immunity, soil function and soil carbon sequestration.
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At what point of time do we realize that India's agriculture problems are actually everyone's problems? Even the most oblivious are not unfamiliar with the basics of this plot in India: an impoverished farmer, a weak harvest, mounting debts and the burden of many hungry stomachs. The ubiquity of this trope on screen and in real life should have ensured a uniform and universal application of a solution a long time ago, yet most Indian farmers still live within this cyclic narrative. Prem Singh set out to crack the farming code, and talks about how, in doing so, he managed to turn his struggling farm into a lush green source of income, chasing transformation while preserving the ecological balance of the soil. His work sets an example for the nation and beyond.
Kyle will begin his talk with the facts about fungi, the characteristics they share with other kingdoms, and the traits that make them unique. Then he will explore the ecological roles fungi fill in soil ecosystems, in composting systems, and in direct interactions with plants. Kylealso will cover different methods for working with and measuring fungi, and will share his thoughts on the future of farming with fungi. This webinar will spread the spores of knowledge about these cryptic and often underappreciated organisms, amplifying practical ways regenerative agriculture practitioners can collaborate with the Fungal Kingdom. Food Web School in 2021, following his dream to help regenerate soils, improve human nutrition, and heal our planet. Follow the Soil Food Web Blog: https://www.soilfoodweb.com/blog/Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.elaines....Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Officialpage...---------- The Soil Food Web School’s mission is to empower individuals and organizations to regenerate the soils in their communities. The Soil Food Web Approach can dramatically accelerate soil regeneration projects by focussing on the soil biome. This can boost the productivity of farms, provide super-nutritious foods, protect and purify waterways, and reduce the effects of Climate Change. No background in farming or biology is required for our Foundation Courses. Classes are online & self-paced, and students are supported by highly-trained Soil Food Web School mentors. Over the last four decades, Dr. Elaine Ingham has advanced our knowledge of the Soil Food Web. An internationally-recognized leader in soil microbiology, Dr. Ingham has collaborated with other scientists and with farmers around the world to further our understanding of how soil organisms work together and with plants. Dr. Ingham is an author of the USDA's Soil Biology Primer and a founder of the Soil Food Web School.
Advancing Eco Agriculture Micronutrients are critical components of plant development. In this webinar, AEA founder John Kempf provides an in-depth look at the most important seven micronutrients for disease resistance and high-yield production. For each one, John discusses their functions within the plant, as well as the disease and insect prevention benefits each can provide with the correct management. John also talks about micronutrient mobility within the plant and the different methods of chelation. Slides available at https://www.slideshare.net/AdvancingE.... To learn more about AEA and regenerative agriculture, visit https://www.advancingecoag.com/ or email email@example.com.
As temperatures rise in the summertime, growers across the country find themselves battling exploding mite populations. What can farmers do about this? The answer lies in proper nutritional management. In this video, John Kempf explains the conditions that lead to increases in mite populations and the nutritional inputs that can reverse their takeover. Advancing Eco Agriculture works with growers to create customized crop programs, combining our biological and mineral nutrition products with regenerative practices to improve crop quality, yields, and disease and insect resistance while regenerating soil health. AEA Founder and Chief Vision Officer John Kempf is a leading crop health consultant and designer of innovative soil and plant management systems. He has a unique ability to simplify and clearly explain complex concepts in the areas of soil and plant health, and skillfully discusses the larger social and environmental impacts of food, agriculture, and ecology. Check out the AEA website for more information: https://hubs.li/Q010fql40 Sign up for the AEA newsletter: https://hubs.li/Q012SJnf0
Take a look at the life beneath the soil in this classic film from Japan
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Dr Venkat (1923-2011) India's Permaculture pioneer. He utilized the Permaculture teachings of Bill Mollison and traditional Indian practices to create Permaculture concepts tailored to the Indian subcontinent. "If life depends upon soil, unless you see soil as a living thing you cannot get life out of it. You can't get life out of a non-living thing."
Forest Service Healthy Soils are the foundation of healthy and productive forest ecosystems. Gary Schmitt, a soil scientist with the USDA Forest Service, presents an overview of forest soils. Topics include: the ingredients of healthy soils, the composition and formation of soils, soil as habitat for many species, and the effects forest management have on soil and forest health.
VOA News As overuse of a key chemical drives the spread of tough new herbicide-proof weeds, researchers are finding natural ways to fight back. VOA's Steve Baragona heads out to the fields
A presentation for the European Parliament by Pius Floris. For more information visit https://www.phc.eu.
Scientists at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill are studying how microbes in the soil, like bacteria and fungi, interact with a plant in ways that make the plant grow better. Someday, this knowledge may be used to increase crop production for an expanding population. Immerse yourself in the soil and find out how plants are helped and hurt by microbes that interact with their roots. Produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center: http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org
covered various topics as micronutrients, plant micronutrients, plant nutrition, functions of plant nutrients, functions of plant micronutrients, deficiency of plant micronutrients, Zinc (Zn), Boron (B), Iron (Fe),Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Chlorine (Cl), deficiency chart of plant nutrients etc.
Consequences of excess fertilizer use as Nitrate Pollution of Groundwater, Eutrophication, Ammonia Volatilization , Acid Rain , Greenhouse Gases, Nitrogen Gas (N2) Emissions, Nitrogen Oxides (NO and NO2) emissions, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) emissions, Methane (CH4) emissions, Fertilizers and Gas Emissions, Trace Element and Heavy Metals Contamination, Oxygen Depletion, Quality of Environment due to Fertilizer Use etc.
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Learn about beneficial insects and how to attract them.
Conscious Planet is a Global Movement to initiate a conscious approach to soil and planet. The movement seeks to show governments of all nations that their citizens want a policy to revitalize soil and ecology.
UN Food and Agriculture Organization “Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues” (Scientific American, Dec. 5, 2014), University of British Columbia Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomer, Phil Gregory, summarizes some of the new insights that have emerged from the hidden universe of soils. The really big challenge is to re-educate ourselves in the short time available. For supplementary video and reading material see: http://www.phas.ubc.ca/~gregory/paper...
Never Underestimate the Intelligence of Trees - Plants communicate, nurture their seedlings, and get stressed.
BY BRANDON KEIMOCTOBER
Consider a forest: One notices the trunks, of course, and the canopy. If a few roots project artfully above the soil and fallen leaves, one notices those too, but with little thought for a matrix that may spread as deep and wide as the branches above. Fungi don’t reg
ORGANIC FARMING is a production system which avoids or largely excludes the use of synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, genetically modified organisms and livestock food additives. To the maximum extent possible organic farming system rely upon crop rotations, use of crop residues, animal manures, legumes, green manures, off farm organic wastes, biofertilizers, mec
Why we need bees for a nutritious future - Disappearing pollinators can mean losing some of the nutritious food we need for a healthy diet. “Bees mean life,”
The tiny parasitic wasp that saved an industry -
Before chemical pesticides were invented, farmers relied upon local predators to control crop-devastating pests for millennia, but now the practice is getting a modern revival.
Neonic Pesticides Could Spell Disaster for Our Food Supply - These pollinator-poisoning pesticides threaten to radically alter how we eat.
Once in the ground, neonics are long-lived—building up in the soil over time and continuing to harm or kill bugs and other wildlife for years after application.
Unsurprisingly, our agricultural system is now 48 times more harmful to insect life than it was jus
Learning to Speak Shrub - Using molecular codes, plants cry for help, ward off bugs, and save each other.
Plants emit codes into the air all the time, helping them defend against insects and other threats, and in some instances serving as warnings to their neighbors. Moreover, plants can send “SOS” calls for rescue missions and summon predators to feed on insect invaders.
Plants speak in chemical
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