November 14, 2022
SOS: Save our soil

Soil plays a crucial role in our climate, and soil degradation is a major contributor to the climate crisis. At Bardee we recognise we need to start from the ground up if we’re to combat this crisis, and save our soil.

Protect our soil, like it is the last soil on earth.

To feed a growing population, preserve biodiversity and mitigate the effects of climate change, it’s vital we prevent and reverse soil degradation. 

Did you know: Around 95% of food production, globally, depends on soil. 

Because healthy soil is a key component of a healthy food system, it is a no-brainer that we need to make sure our soil is rich in nutrients, not over-exploited, and is supported with sustainable practices. 

If we continue damaging our soil as we are, crop production will be dramatically reduced. With human food requirements predicted to double by 2050, we can’t afford to let that slide. 

How is soil degraded?

Between overgrazing, unsustainable agricultural operations, consistent urban construction and long-term climatic changes, our soil is struggling to adapt. 

“Agricultural monoculture upsets the natural balance of soils. Too many of the same plant species in one field area rob the soil of its nutrients, resulting in decreasing varieties of bacteria and microorganisms that are needed to maintain fertility of the soil.” Ref: EOS

Soils, as well as our oceans, are the biggest sources of carbon storage and so are vital in allowing us to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Degradation of our soils can release carbon into the atmosphere, further contributing to the climate crisis. 

How do we reverse it?

We need to identify sustainable soil care practices. 

At Bardee, we know that to properly nourish the soil we need to reintroduce vital microbes back into the earth and this can not be achieved with artificial fertilisers.

The alternative – organic fertilisers – which sometimes contain the microbes needed for healthy soils, are sometimes mined from non-renewable sources and so that isn’t a silver bullet either.

Continuing with the use of chemical pesticides and artificial fertilisers will only continue to contribute to soil erosion and pollution - no, thanks!

Bardee fertilisers are completely organic and are packed with the nutrients and microbes we need to rehabilitate soil in a sustainable way. The fertiliser is a natural output of our carbon positive vertical farming system, made from Black Soldier Fly frass. By working with these incredible insects we can recycle nutrients from food waste which would otherwise be lost to landfill, which will restore soil to optimum health, improve food production efficiency and contribute to re-carbonising the earth.

Interested to learn more about Superfly? We'd love to tell you all about it

How can you help? 

You can start small, as all great ideas do, and make sure you are choosing sustainably sourced organic fertiliser for your gardens -  as it’s not just your herb garden it will affect - it’s the food you eat and the air we breathe. It’s all connected!

On a larger scale, agricultural practices can opt-in for the most sustainable ways to ensure soil health, and reverse soil degradation for good. 

We only have a finite amount of soil, and new soil takes more than an average lifetime to grow so let’s nurture and protect what we have!

If you’d like to learn more about our fertilisers, and how we’re tackling this problem with our certified organic fertiliser, Superfly, share your email above, and we’ll tell you all about it.

Bailey Petts

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