Regenerative Agriculture and SymSoil

Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles, processes and practices that actively enriches soils, biodiversity of the soil microbes, the overall ecosystem and watersheds while effectively increasing soil fertility and agricultural yields. Most practitioners believe that Regenerative Agriculture can improve the resilience of the farmer and rancher economically, as well as the well-being of the surrounding communities. SymSoil Inc., as a microbe farmer and soil blender, may be overly focused on the role of the soil microbes in plant health. Our science staff approaches Regenerative Agriculture from the perspective of training in permaculture, Korean Natural Farming, carbon chemistry and … Continue reading Regenerative Agriculture and SymSoil

Healthy soil equals healthy people

Here is an article from the Rodale Institute entitled  Why Supporting Regenerative Agriculture Is The Most Powerful Thing You Can Do For Your Health       When we talk about sustainable farming practices, we tend to focus on its importance for the environment, for our food security, and our desire to put food on the table that’s not contaminated with pesticides. But there’s an important topic doesn’t get talked about often enough: how food sustainability is inextricably tied to our health.   Continue reading Healthy soil equals healthy people

California Olive Ranch Pursues Regenerative Agriculture

California Olive Ranch CEO Gregg Kelley asserts that his company has taken decisive measures to “work with the land,” rather than against it throughout their production operations. Continue reading California Olive Ranch Pursues Regenerative Agriculture

Improving Soil to Improve Taste

Harry Klee, a researcher at the University of Florida published insights into improving tomato flavor in a 2012 article in Current Biology. Klee believes good tomato flavor is a complex panorama of sugars, acids, and mysterious gassy chemicals that we experience as smell. Klee and his colleagues are still identifying those “aroma volatiles.”  Reviewing 152 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, the researchers found more than 3,000 volatile chemicals that impact taste. He recommends planting seedlings in rich soil with lots of organic matter, or compost. The interaction between the microbes can impact flavor significantly.  NPR has an article, How to Grow … Continue reading Improving Soil to Improve Taste

Scientific American, Citing FAO Study, Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

Since you are here, reading about SymSoil™ you probably already know that life as we know it is dependent upon the top six inches of the planet. The key message was alarming: Unless new approaches are adopted, the global amount of arable and productive land per person in 2050 will be only a quarter of the level in 1960, the FAO reported, due to growing populations and soil degradation. Continue reading Scientific American, Citing FAO Study, Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues

Data and AgTech

  Outsiders are becoming aware of the role of technology in farming. As rural and bucolic as our image of farming is, for decades, farmers have been on the cutting edge of multiple types of technology. The next big thing is going to be biologically active soil.  The soil microfauna, which had been killed off with pesticides, can be restored with SymSoil™.  This will increase organic farmer’s yields by 15%       Continue reading Data and AgTech