Soil is the most complicated substance we rely on. We have abused it for decades and now we must take immediate action to prevent certain disaster for our future generations.
Christian J Murray, Director, Rescaype UK Ltd.
A major issue nw being legislated by DEFRA and the EA is to deal with deal with Denitrification.
The process of denitrification can lower the fertility of soil as nitrogen, a growth-limiting factor, is removed from the soil and lost to the atmosphere. ... Examples of by-products are nitric oxide (NO) and nitrous oxide (N2O). Rescaype retains Nitrates and allows better carbon storage through creation an aerated soil, reducing compaction and allowing for better moisture and nutrient take-up by plant xylem roots. This is enabled through Chemistry/Mineral Bridging, a process where negative and positive charges interact and exchanges can be achieved.
Soil & Chemistry Mineral Bridging
The video animation introduces the chemistry benefits of Rescaype® in regards to Cation/Anion plant nutrient exchange.
What's known as Chemistry Bridging or Mineral Bridging. A process where, through negative and positive ion emittance the plant. xylem roots request nutrients and Rescaype hands it off to them.
Soil Update 2020
The weather in 2019 was incredibly rough on UK soils. As of February 1 2020, we see that over 35% of the agricultural soils in the UK have been severely damaged by floods (Pic. 1).
Rescaype®️ helps alleviate nutrient loss which occurs during flooding. It is estimated it may take several years for landowners to rebuild the quality of their soils.
Because Rescaype®️ creates natural, even aeration in the soil and the water channelling is far more efficient, allowing less nutrient and soil loss.
If you have damaged fields, Rescaype®️ will help them rebuild quicker through higher acceptance and storing of vital nutrients whilst allowing soil structure to naturally resettle.
Mahatma Gandhi once said that ‘to forget how to tend the soil is to forget ourselves’, reflecting our dependency on good quality soils for our food.
In his time, most of the population still lived close to agriculture and the soil on which it depended. Now, however, with the majority of the global population in urban environments, concrete and asphalt may be more familiar than soil, with little awareness of how much we rely for our well-being on the complex living ecosystems of soils which play such important roles in health, biodiversity, climate change, the water cycle and others.
Soil filters and stores water, supports agriculture and other plant and animal communities, and harbours a quarter of the world’s biodiversity.
Soil is a renewable resource but can be permanently degraded by pressures such as urbanisation or erosion. Degradation of peat soils releases CO2 to the atmosphere.
Arable soil health can be improved by appropriate cropping and organic matter inputs but poor management can lead to erosion, degradation of soil fertility and reductions in water-holding capacity. Rescaype®️ replaces organic matter where it is not available and improves water retention and nutrient exchange form soil to plant root through Mineral Bridging, similar to how Magnesium can assist Plant uptake of Nitrogen.
Fertility is at an all-time low and many farmers are trying to change but many do not really invest or pay attention and give the soil their best consideration due to financial restrictions.
If your fields look like this days after rain, you are losing valuable nutrients and Rescaype can help by allowing flood waters to recede quickly without major nutrient loss.
Soil Erosion Economics
The UK has lost 84% of its fertile topsoil since 1850, with the erosion continuing at a rate of 1cm to 3cm a year.
-The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report (2015)
It takes a thousand years for the planet to make 3cm of topsoil
“Food is fabricated soil fertility.”
."You have to have a vision. Unless you do, nature will never reveal herself."
William A. Albrecht Phd.
In 2019 Cranfield University reported that the total soil loss value to the England and Wales economy is about 1.44 billion pounds per year.
English farmers are losing valuable resources through diffuse pollution. 235,000 tonnes of nitrogen and 8,391 tonnes of phosphorus are lost every year that would otherwise help sustain farming.
Consultation on new basic rules for farmers to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England, 2015
UK Soil erosion due to wind and rainfall already results in the annual loss of around 2.2 million tonnes of topsoil in the UK. This costs British farmers £9m a year in lost production.
Fallout radionuclides help to assess soil erosion
Fallout radionuclides (FRNs) are present in the atmosphere and are deposited on the earth’s surface through rain. Therefore, on land, they occur only in the topsoil layer and when this layer is removed by erosion, their concentration is reduced. This reduction indicates how much soil has been removed from a particular location.
When the FRN method is used on a site where soil conservation measures have already been applied, the results are compared to those on a site with conventional land management, the efficiency of soil conservation measures in controlling soil erosion can be evaluated.
The responsibility for soils crosses all boundaries of society and is the essential responsibility of the leaders to take control and define more clearly the requirements for future soil protection and health.
The objective of the Sustainable Soils Alliance is to affect an improved political and public understanding and appreciation of soil that will lead to a reversal of land degradation and the restoration of soils to health within one generation.
We will do this by bringing together the full community of stakeholders that have an interest in soil management to debate the scale and nature of the problem, agree the appropriate indicators and determining factors and identify the relevant policy mechanisms and levers for reform.
On this basis we will engage media and stakeholders, educate the general public and lobby government for a policy framework that will bring about the transformational step change needed to support the development of healthy soil for generations to come.
Our soils are in crisis
Their health is declining to the extent that we are now just one generation away from a soil system that is unable to meet the needs of the people that depend upon it. This has come about despite the efforts of a vast and expanding number of organisations from science, agriculture, industry and civil society working to understand and improve soil management.
In fact, far too few people, if any, truly understand the complex nature of this crisis and the steps needed to restore our soils to a healthy state. We urgently need to find solutions or risk reaching a point of no return.
The opportunity to address the situation has come. The return of powers to the UK and devolved assemblies post-Brexit open the door for the new government to put soil at the heart of future farming, environment, flood and construction policies. Meanwhile the recent UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a mechanism for global collaboration and a platform for the UK to become a global leader on the issue, focusing international efforts on the single, very tangible objective of restoring our soils to a healthy state within one generation.
We promote the efforts of the Sustainable Soil Alliance
Soil is not seen as the wealth and resource it is. 33% of our soils are degraded. In what other area would you allow 33% of your asset to be degraded?
Professor Chris Collins, Soil Security programme, University of Reading
According to the United Nations, the global population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050. That’s 29.4% more than the estimated population in 2017. This projected growth puts mounting pressure on the food and agricultural sector due to the increasing demand for more food despite dwindling natural resources, particularly arable land, water and energy. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the world will need to produce 70% more food in 2050 than today in order to feed the growing population.
Based on data from the World Bank, the proportion of global land area given over to agriculture increased by only 1.2% to 37.3% between 1961 and 2015. The area of land devoted to agriculture will either remain static or decline due to urbanisation, which looks set to continue at an accelerating pace. According to the FAO, urban areas will account for 70% of the world’s population in 2050, up from 49% today.Water:
The World Bank reports that farming accounts for 70% of the world’s water withdrawal via irrigation, while agricultural practices that use excess nutrients, pesticides, and other factors contribute to pollution. In addition, the cost of and competition for water is increasing. In view of these trends, sustainable water management is critical and there is an urgent need to use water more efficiently in agriculture.
The increased actions on soil in the international context include the formation of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils and the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAOs) Global Soil Partnership. The United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals on food security, human health and terrestrial environment make explicit reference to the need to preserve soil resources. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has also addressed issues on soil sustainability.
The evidence base for soil management has been challenging to develop because soils improve slowly.
There is no UK-wide scheme for monitoring soil health, though the Sustainable Soils Organisation has set itself to the task of bringing information and people together.
The herbicides, fertlisers and pesticides from the UK are washed into the oceans creating algae blooms with devaststating consequences. Rescaype helps reduce this loss and improves the quality of waterways and oceans.
Over the years there have been many studies conducted in regards to polymers and agriculture. Below is a document, which although focused on erosion, we believe gives a complete overview around soil sustainability as it quotes from many of the major studies. It is presented in a Powerpoint deck format as compared to a white paper. We can supply various examples of upon request.