Today (World Soil Day) Talamm Beo discusses the EIP project for reading and writing and improving soil and soil biodiversity.
Soil, a few inches deep, is a dense, living, breathing thing that covers our planet.
They say that one teaspoon of healthy soil has more life than people on earth.
- He gives us food, fiber, fuel and medicine;
- Filters and stores water;
- Hosts a quarter of the world’s biodiversity;
- It plays an important role in preventing and adapting to climate change.
Precious natural resources are often overlooked, abused, and threatened.
According to the FAO, which is concerned about old and new agricultural practices in 2014, we have less than 60 years of fertile soil.
Elam-Beo, a farmer-led organization, has been financed by EIP-Agri to carry out a healthy soil reconstruction project.
Soil Biodiversity Literacy Literacy and Development EIP project “is about increasing biodiversity on our land and returning our feet to a healthy land,” said Bridget Murphy, project coordinator.
The project has 16 participating farms, soil types and enterprises of different sizes (fruits and vegetables, agriculture, grazing, forest land or forestry, etc.).
Considering the linkages of soil to water filtration and storage, the project team decided to use watersheds rather than regions to select participants.
How does it work?
Each participating farm participates in a soil course with some of the world’s leading soil scientists.
This will improve their understanding of how this soil works and provide practical knowledge on how to get started on sleeping or damaged soil.
Participants discuss and share their experiences in a knowledge transfer group, experimenting and recording technical and physical innovations on their farm.
“First of all, I know how important our soil is,” says Joan Butler, a small-scale grower in Senegal.
“I wanted to be involved in this project to educate myself and my family. I want to preserve my soil for future generations.”
Elenor and Richard Murphy from Robin Glenn Organic Tilaj Farm Co. Kilkenny were asked why they are participating in the project.
“Why don’t we? It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the little world under our feet.
Cork High Milk Farmer Ger Bakley Says
I have spent the last 30 years learning how to feed the plant.
“Now I want to learn how to feed the soil. We do not have food security if we rely on imported fertilizers and fossils.
Ger, like some participants, hopes to learn once they have completed the project and how to improve soil diversity, reduce and / or eliminate artificial fertilizers from their work.
Instead, they aim to support soil ecology and diversity for natural, biological resources.
A new way
Talamm Beo believes that these Lighthouse Farms provide input to councils, local environmental networks, schools and colleges in understanding and responding to climate change and biodiversity.
Considering the current fertilizer, fossil fuel and fodder prices, Lighthouse Pharmaceuticals has the potential to provide a new way for farmers to build on reduced resources, healthy soil and, in turn, healthy food, people, pockets and the planet.