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The Importance Of Soil

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The Bokashi fermentation system is, essentially, a digestion system. It breaks down food waste into essential easily absorbed nutrients.

The magic of the system is that, like the stomach, the fermentation process breaks down the protein chains into amino acids. The bokashi fermented digested matter is now very easily absorbed by the second stage of the system: composting (or feeding to worms).  And this is where the soil-food-web health benefit comes in.

Although not apparent to the naked eye, a healthy soils a dynamic living system that is teeming with life. Most of the organisms that live in the soil are beneficial micro-organisms such as fungi, bacteria, protozoa, and nematodes. While seemingly insignificant, they are represented in the millions in any given soil, providing a range of important services that promote plant growth and vigour.

The collective term for all of these organisms is the 'soil food web'. The interactions amongst these organisms can provide plants with many of the requirements that they need to survive and flourish which includes the availability & retention of nutrients, disease suppression, and the building of soil structure. However, soil biology is an aspect that has largely been overlooked with many growers preferring to settle for something delivering a quick short term fix. The use of chemicals to kill pathogens and pests can also kill the beneficial organisms. The result is a sterile environment conducive to further disease and nutrient deficiencies. The quick fix often leads to a grower’s dependency on more and more artificial chemical and fertilizers to maintain his crops as with each application he is killing the natural soil food web.

 A food web diagram shows a series of conversions of energy and nutrients (represented by arrows) as one organism eats another (see food web diagram above).

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As organisms decompose complex materials, or consume other organisms, nutrients are converted from one form to another, and are made available to plants and to other soil organisms. All plants – grass, trees, shrubs, agricultural crops – depend on the food web for their nutrition.

One's living soil can be likened to our stomaches but also to our body. Plants need amino acids in order to produce protein. While there are many different scientific papers on the role of amino acids in soil and plant generation, the essential point is that they are the essential building blocks required by plants to turn nutrients into protein (a reverse of what we do in our stomach).

But isn't this wonderful! The Bokashi composting system breaks down our food in order to provide an ideal matrix for feeding your soil, which in turn will feed your stomach.


Everything and all things related to human existence start with our soil.

Building healthy soil is not only good for gardening but also builds bio-diversity. Modern mono-culture farming methods are threatening our very existence through the destruction of soil.

"DIRT - the movie" is an excellent documentary which highlights the issue as well as what we can each do as individuals to bring back soil health, encourage bio-diversity and make the world a better place.

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