According to the UN and agreed by our very own Bioark microbiologist and regenerative soils export Jeremy Chua, our topsoil only have 60 years of fertility, and with escalating population growth, focus upon commercial factory agriculture has put an expiration date on our lands.
CO2 generates energy for plants and for the microorganisms living beneath the soil.
The healthier the soil, the more bacteria there is to sequesters CO2 from the atmosphere, making it beneficial to crops of all kinds as well as atmospheric CO2 levels.
Its estimated that conventional farming is responsible for over 30% of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. Eroding soils, release huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, whilst tilling and working fields with huge machines compacts the soil, making it inhospitable for microorganisms to populate in an already chemically saturated environment.
With increased interest in soil regeneration over the last 20 years, solutions are becoming more viable and scalable to regenerate our lands and stop the countdown of the UN’s grim prediction.
Regenerative agriculture uses tried and tested techniques to maintain the health of the soil and the entire farm ecosystem, by avoiding till-planting and encouraging species diversity over monoculture.
Raising animals alongside crops is another method that may seem obvious but, is far from the norm in regular farming practices. Shifting from a monoculture to a diverse crop rotation and companion planting structure enriches soils and has the benefit of encouraging wildlife to return and thrive.
One well documented example of Regenerative Agriculture is farmer, Gabe Brown, who is documented in the movie “Kiss the Ground”. Diversifying crops has increased Gabe's revenue per acre by 100% and reduced crop losses by 100%. Keeping croplands covered with plant matter at all times allows farmers such as Gabe to maintain and build the health of their soil, ensuring that CO2 is pulled down from the atmosphere, rather than emitted.
The benefits of regenerative agriculture are not just supporting food sustainability. Organic and water waste systems are drastically improved through smart composting and drainage systems, reducing overhead costs for farms and increasing yield and revenue in the long term.
In 2022, Laconic is partnering with Bioark Life, to apply innovative soil regeneration products in combination with improved microbiology.
Our aim to show farmers across SE Asia that the old ways of letting nature do her thing, may well be the best way. Regenerative Agriculture holds the promise of restoring and improving many systems that support human life. It’s time to reverse the clock and make that UN number 61, 62, 63…
Director of communications