Glyphosate Degradation

Glyphosate was developed by Monsanto in the 1970s, and sold under the brand name Roundup. Today, glyphosate-based products are the most widespread herbicides. Glyphosate does not breakdown in water, air or sunlight and accumulates in many environments. There is increasing evidence that it is toxic, not only to plants, but also for animals and bacteria. While glyphosate is harmful to many microbes, there is hope for the future. There are a number of soil bacteria and fungi which break the chemical bonds of glyphosate. We recently read an article which reviewed which soil microbes were able to break down from the … Continue reading Glyphosate Degradation

Cows, Compost and Lessons from 2018

Biofertilizers are a billion dollar industry with a 40% CAGR , driven by the growth in demand for organic food. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization believes that, at the current rate of soil degradation in farmland, there are only about 60 crop cycles in humanity’s future. Furthermore, biologically active soil amendments, like SymSoil™ Robust Compost, is the only cost effective way to roll back global warming. But I knew these factoids when I incorporated SymSoil in 2017. So, what was the big lesson of 2018? Language matters. Hay and Cows are obviously different, but the organic matter that people … Continue reading Cows, Compost and Lessons from 2018