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What Soil Does

Healthy soil gives us clean air and water, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife, and beautiful landscapes. Soil does all this by performing five essential functions: Regulating water – Soil helps control where rain, snowmelt, and irrigation water goes. Water and dissolved solutes flow over the land or into and through the […] …

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The real sustainability revolution in farming is New Breeding Techniques like CRISPR. Why are organic farmers blocked from using them? — Genetic Literacy Project

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ow do we define ‘organics’? From a legal perspective, the term can only be applied to foods that meet a laundry list of requirements set forth by the US Department of Agriculture or similar agencies around the world. But these rules leave no room for technological advances falling under the umbrella of New Breeding Techniques …

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Aquatic Insect Similarity Connecting Natural Wetland Habitat and Ricefield for Ecological Rice Production in Agusan Marsh in Mindanao, Philippines – IJAAR — International Network for Natural Sciences

By: P. Varela Abstract This study describes the relationship of the natural wetland habitats in Agusan Marsh to nearby rice fields and its implication to ecological rice production. Aquatic insects play multiple roles in the ecosystem such as predators, prey to other animals and decomposers which help in maintaining ecological balance. via Aquatic Insect Similarity Connecting …

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Soil microbes help plant species divide nutrients and promote community productivity — Functional Ecology – plain language summaries

Shan Luo, Bernhard Schmid, Gerlinde B. De Deyn, Shixiao Yu A fundamental prediction of ecological theory is that the maximum number of coexisting species cannot exceed the number of limiting resources. Plant species may have only 20 different limiting resources (light, water, CO2 and the same set of mineral nutrients), and at most three or […] …

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What considerations go into rehabilitating land back to native grasses? — Soils Matter, Get the Scoop!

Using native grasses is a great idea for new – or old – housing developments. Once the areas of native grasses are established, they will have thick surface coverage of healthy, green grass. Maintaining these grasses can be managed in the same manner as turf grasses. Mowing and weeding these areas will provide long-term stands […] …

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Does Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizer Destroy Soil Carbon?

Does Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizer Destroy Soil Carbon? Here’s a repost of a thought proving article. Does Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizer Destroy Soil Carbon? There’s a link for the entire article below. Ultimately, MUCH more research is needed in  this area. Sustainable agriculture and sustainable farming techniques reduce the need for traditional fertilizers. Additionally, the use of biofertilizers …

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