Over the years, the use of degenerative farming techniques such as tillage along with the introduction of NPK chemical fertilisers has had a dramatic effect on both our food security and environmental impact. There are many adverse consequences of these practices, primarily stemming from the degeneration of soil humus. Dr Nigel Dunnet from the University of Sheffield points out that we only have 100 harvests left and “with a growing population to feed, and the nutrients in our soil in sharp decline, we may soon see an agricultural crisis.” Land, primarily soil, acts as one of the most efficient carbon sinks know to us. Soil has the ability to hold more carbon than the atmosphere and all of the world’s life combined. If we were to improve our soils ability to do this we can literally remove the carbon from our atmosphere and use it to fuel the efficient growth of our agricultural crops.
Inspired by a current European research project led by a team of researchers at DJCAD entitled “GROW”, this small exploratory study focuses on restoring the humus in agricultural soil through the use of creative technology and the role of regenerative farming as an educational tool.
I will be posting to this blog on a regular basis, detailing my development.