Beneficial Microbes, Man’s Hope. Restore and Improve Soil Health.

The Connection Between Microbes and Human

We have been hearing a great deal lately about a revolution in the way we think about human health – how it is inseparably connected to the strength of microorganisms in our gut, mouth, nasal passages, and other “habitats” in and on us. we are told we should think of ourselves as a “superorganism,” a residence for microbes with whom we have coevolved, who perform critical functions and provide services to us, and who outnumber our own human cells ten to one. New scientific discovery show’s clearly ability to conduct highly efficient and low cost genetic sequencing, we now have a map of the normal microbial, make-up of a healthy human, a collection of bacteria, fungi, one-celled archaea, and viruses. Collectively they weigh about three pounds — the same as our brain.

Now that we have this map of how microorganisms are essential to our wellbeing, many accept that the eventual fate of medicinal services will concentrate less on traditional illnesses and more on treating disorders of the human microbiome by introducing targeted microbial species (a “probiotics“) and therapeutic foods (a “prebiotic” — food for microbes) into the gut “community.” In short, scientists believe the drugs of the future that we ingest will be full of friendly germs and the food they like to eat.

But there is another major revolution in human health also just beginning based on an understanding of tiny organisms. It is driven by the same technological advances and allows us to understand and restore our collaborative relationship with microbiota not in the human gut but in another dark place: the soil.

Just as we have unwittingly destroyed vital microbes in the human gut through overuse of antibiotics and highly processed foods, we have foolishly crushed soil microbiota essential to plant health through overuse of chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, failure to add sufficient organic matter (upon which they feed), and heavy tillage. These soil microorganisms — particularly bacteria and fungi — cycle nutrients and water to plants, crops, which later become the source of our food, and ultimately our health. Soil bacteria and fungi serve as the “stomachs” of plants. They form symbiotic relationships with plant roots and “digest” nutrients, providing nitrogen, phosphorus, and many other nutrients in a form that plant cells can assimilate. Reintroducing the right bacteria and fungi to facilitate the dark fermentation process in depleted and sterile soils is analogous to eating yogurt (or taking those targeted probiotic “drugs of the future”) to restore the right microbiota deep in your digestive tract.

The Good News

Earth-Care Technology enables us to reintroduce microbial species into the soil to fix the harm and reestablish good microbial networks that support our harvests and give nutritious nourishment.

Looking Back

Since the 1970s, there have been soil microbes available in garden shops. but most products were hit-or-miss in terms of actual effectiveness, were expensive, and were largely limited to horticulture and hydroponics. Due to new genetic sequencing and production technologies, we have now come to a point where we can effectively and at low cost identify and grow key bacteria and the right species of fungi and apply them in large-scale agriculture. We can produce these “bio fertilizers” and add them to soybean, corn, vegetables, or other yield seeds to develop with and feed the plant. We can plant the “seeds” of microorganisms with our harvest seeds and as hundreds of independent studies confirm, increase our crop yields and reduce the need for less irrigation and chemical fertilizers.

Importance of Micro-Organism

These microorganisms do substantially more than sustain plants. Just as the microbes in the human body both aid digestion and maintain our immune system, soil microorganisms both digest nutrients and protect plants against pathogens and other threats. For more than four million years, plants have been forming a cooperative relationship with fungi that colonize their roots, creating mycorrhizae (my-cor-rhi-zee), literally “fungus roots,” which extend the reach of plant roots a hundred-fold. These fungal filaments not only channel nutrients and water back to the plant cells, they connect plants and actually enable them to communicate with one another and set up defense systems. A recent experiment in the U.K. showed that mycorrhizal filaments act as a conduit for signaling between plants, strengthening their natural defenses against pests. When attacked by aphids, a broad bean plant transmitted a signal through the mycorrhizal filaments to other bean plants nearby, acting as an early warning system, enabling those plants to begin to produce their defensive chemical that repels aphids and attracts wasps, a natural aphid predator. Another study showed that diseased tomato plants also use the underground network of mycorrhizal filaments to warn healthy tomato plants, which then activate their defenses before being attacked themselves.

How Micro-organism Works

In this manner the microbial network in the soil , like in the human biome, provides “invasion resistance” services to its symbiotic partner. We disturb this association at our peril. As Michael Pollan noted, “Some researchers believe that the alarming increase in autoimmune diseases in the West may owe to a disruption in the ancient relationship between our bodies and their ‘old friends’ — the microbial symbionts with whom we coevolved.”

Not only do soil microorganisms nourish and protect plants, they play a crucial role in providing many “ecosystem services” that are absolutely critical to human survival. By many calculations, the living soil is the Earth’s most valuable ecosystem, providing ecological services such as climate regulation, mitigation of drought and floods, soil erosion prevention, and water filtration, worth trillions of dollars each year. Those who study the human microbiome have now begun to borrow the term “ecosystem services” to describe critical functions played by microorganisms in human wellbeing.

Our Bio-Solution to Global Warming

SUSTAINABILITY

The Problem

A gradual rise of the Earth’s temperature has been generally accepted. The cause of this effect is the gradual increase of the greenhouse gases with carbon dioxide being the biggest problem. As the world becomes more industrialized and as the population exponentially increases, the need for energy is ever increasing. The major source of energy is derived from fossil fuels, oil, gas, and coal, all containing carbon and produce carbon dioxide when burned. 

The identification of the problem is rather simple, carbon dioxide is being emitted to the atmosphere at an ever-increasing rate with the consumption of carbon dioxide being less than the production, resulting in the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The solution is rather simple, the production has to be made equal to the consumption or use. In that way, the level of carbon dioxide will no longer increase in the atmosphere.

Current Solution

The present approach to solving the problem is to attempt to control the production by increasing thermal efficiency and burning fuels containing less carbon like natural gas. These efforts are commendable and do have some impact on the carbon dioxide production. But the ever-increasing industrialization and increase in world population make these efforts not enough to prevent an increase in carbon dioxide. Short of stopping the world from industrializing and increasing in population – another solution is urgently needed. Finding a solution on the consumption side is needed.

A mechanism is needed to transfer carbon to carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, where it’s a serious problem, to the soil where it can be extremely beneficial. The amount of carbon existing in the world’s soil is disappearing at an alarming rate. The major element in the fertility of the soil is its carbon content. The carbon is in the form of flora, fauna, organic matter, proteins, sugars, carbohydrates, and other carbon substances in the soil. The proteins, sugars, and carbohydrates feed the micro-flora existing in the soil. What feeds these micro-flora are the plants. 

Mechanism

A mechanism has been established by nature where plants are basically the only living thing that can produce food by a process known as photosynthesis. It’s a rather difficult concept to accept that a plant can live without a man but man cannot exist without plants. Plants produce the food for all living organisms including the micro-flora existing in the soil. Why micro-flora in the soil? Nature has established a mechanism call symbiosis– the micro-flora work in unison with the plant and vice versa. The plant needs the micro-flora to provide nutrients and protection while the micro-flora need the plant to provide them food.

Carbon Dioxide

The problem arises from the inability of the plant to transfer nutrients containing carbon to the micro-flora also containing carbon. Why does this problem exist? The first and formative reason is that the soil is gradually dying. The micro-flora are being killed by the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and ever-increasing environmental pressures such as pollution. If the soil is dying all over the world, then the ability of the soil to sequester carbon is being lost. Soil can be a tremendous carbon sink if the soil is alive and working symbiotically with the plant. Interest in the soil is quickly being lost, i.e., commercial agriculture views the soil as only a place for the plants to reside with all the plant nutrients being provided synthetically. In this manner of agriculture, the carbon in the soil is not needed and if for some reason some extent of carbon is needed which in most cases does not exist anymore, the plants are genetically altered to survive in a soil far from optimum soil fertility. The problem of dying soil can be even made more immediate. The lawns, shrubs, and trees at the place we live, be it an apartment, home, or condo contains plants that are being fed for the most part synthetically, and the soil is in the process of dying. Again, the carbon sequestering ability of the soil is being lost at a tremendous rate. 

Carbon dioxide that exists in and around where we live, work, and play is being hampered from being transferred from the air to the soil because we have ruined the mechanism by which this occurs. Dying soil in the world is a serious problem. The major reason being that the soil can be a very efficient carbon sink being a place where the carbon from the air can be transferred to the soil. But, without the micro-flora, this process cannot happen. The continued use of synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, and existences of pollution has caused the soil to gradually die, losing its ability to be a carbon sink. The problem becomes somewhat more complicated because it’s not a linear dying but exponential dying, meaning overall dying will come at an extremely fast rate. The overall efficiency of the plant is not an on and off mechanism, but rather a gradual process such that as the stresses increase on the plant, be it from pollution, synthetic fertilizers, and chemicals, the plant adjusts itself to maintain life at all costs.

Moving Forward

It can be deduced then, that the plant has different levels of existence, i.e., the plant can be very vigorous to a level of being barely surviving and other levels in between with the final level being dead. This same premise would be true for all living organisms. It is well known in the microorganism world that if the stresses placed on an organism becomes greater and greater, the organism will eventually go to sleep to protect itself and as long as the stresses are not severe enough to kill the organism, the organism will stay in this sleep state until the stresses are relieved and conditions become favorable for the organism to reawaken. So, let us say, that as the stresses on the world increase, no matter what stresses there may be, the world is gradually going into a sleep state.
Hopefully, the stresses will subside before everything in the world is killed. If this hypothesis is accepted, we are now somewhere on this exponential curve where the world is somewhere between being a very vigorous place and a place being asleep. Why is this important? Well, the more vigorous the world is, the more efficient transfer of carbon from the atmosphere as carbon dioxide to the soil via photosynthesis will occur. Then, the proposed solution to reducing the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is to reinvigorate the world.

Prevent Chemical From Playgrounds, For The Love Of Children.

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These cases are just two of many. Thousands of people — mainly cancer patients and family members of those who died — have initiated pesticide-related lawsuits.

These cases add to a growing body of evidence that commonly used pesticides are dangerous. Unfortunately, children are particularly vulnerable to these harmful chemicals. The National Academy of Sciences estimates that about half of the average person’s lifetime pesticide exposure occurs during their first five years.

Controlling weeds and insects shouldn’t take precedence over our children’s health. Local officials and community advocates must lead the way in weaning our nation off these chemicals.

Pesticides can cause severe health problems. They may trigger or worsen asthma, allergies, autism, and ADHD. They have even been linked to nerve and organ problems, heart disease, Parkinson’s, and cancers.

Yet pesticides remain widely used in our playgrounds, parks and ball fields, where children can easily absorb these toxins. As noted pediatrician Philip Landrigan, Director of New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital’s Center for Children’s Health and the Environment recently explained, “Children have a larger surface-to-volume ratio and more permeable skin, leading to greater skin absorption of toxic chemicals.”

Children struggle to detoxify and excrete harmful chemicals, as their livers and kidneys are still developing. Children also have faster respiratory rates than adults, so they literally breathe in more pollutants.

Unfortunately, federal regulators have shown little interest in curbing the use of pesticides. Funding for toxic-chemical regulation has been declining. And in 2018, the EPA dismantled the National Center for Environmental Research, which studies the effects of toxic chemicals on kids.

That’s why local leaders must take action.

In Irvine, California, thanks to the leadership of several parents who spearheaded a group now called Non Toxic Neighborhoods, the city passed a historic resolution in 2016 to stop using hazardous chemicals in parks. Now, the city employs organic methods instead.

Also in 2016, South Portland, Maine, passed an ordinance restricting pesticide use on all public and private property. Under the ordinance, only organic pesticides or those classified as “minimum risk” by the EPA are allowed.

In 2017, residents in Naperville, Illinois launched a group — dubbed “Non-Toxic Naperville” — that successfully lobbied officials to eliminate the use of Roundup in city playgrounds. Already, Naperville Park District has moved away from synthetic chemicals in all 73 of its playgrounds — and eight of its 137 parks. Officials plan to monitor soil in these parks and, if all goes well, transition even more acreage to natural fertilizers and herbicides.

Some critics falsely claim that organic methods are ineffective and expensive. In reality, organic management can improve soil quality and boost the health of the turf. It has even proven to cost towns and taxpayers less than conventionally managed fields after the soil is brought back to a healthy state.

More communities should embrace organic land management. 1st Choice Fertilizer is helping them do so. In collaboration with Non Toxic Neighborhoods, and helping communities convert their playing fields and parks to organic management.

We hope to inspire many other similar initiatives.

Parents have enough to worry about. They shouldn’t have to fret about cancer-causing pesticides at the playground.

 

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Science Meet Practical Knowledge

 

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At 1st Choice Fertilizer,Inc we believe that human intervention is the clearest pathway to restoring equilibrium. Therefore, it is our goal to combine our Scientific Analysis with your Practical Knowledge and empower you as the, “Keeper of Balance,” restoring Mother Nature to equilibrium and optimizing whatever you choose to grow.

Earth-Care Organic Fertilizer is a dry formula fertilizers crafted with several beneficial microbial (probiotics) that helps break down nutrient into usable food for plant. Earth-Care is all-natural and extremely effective product, most importantly, wild beneficial microbes enters the soil to assist with nutrient breakdown, making it possible for nutrients to be more easily absorbed by plants.

Our formulas keep microbes in a dormant state until applied, they come into contact with water and become active, This prevent the microbes from deying off before they have reach the area of application, unlike laboratory cultures, our wild beneficial microbes enters the soil at vigorous point in their life cycle which makes them capable of reproducing and thriving in the natural environment.

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Regenerative Agriculture

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The basic concept of regenerative agriculture

Regenerative agriculture is based on various agricultural and ecological practices around the world and its history is heavily rooted in Biodynamic practices with particular emphasis on minimal soil disturbance and also the practice of composting. 

Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and restorative approach to food and farming systems with its primary focuses on topsoil, by increasing the soil biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing the entire soil ecosystem, supporting carbon sequestering, increasing resilience to climate change and strengthening the health and soil vitality/performance.

Regenerative agriculture can be practiced by recycling as much farm waste as possible, and also adding composted material from other sources outside the farm environment.

Regenerative agriculture on small farms and gardens is often based on ideologies like permaculture, agroforestry , holistic farm management which larger farms tend to be less ideology driven, or the use “no-til ” and/or “reduced till” practices.

With the practice of regenerative farm, crop yields should increase over time, as the topsoil deepens, production may increase and this may lessen the need for external compost inputs.

An actual plant/crop yield is dependent on the nutritional value of the composting materials, the structure and content of the soil profile.

A major part of regenerative agriculture is allowing beneficial microbes to restore nature back to equilibrium.

What is beneficial microbes?

Beneficial microorganism are naturally occuring bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that plays a crucial role in plant productivity and health , examples are Mycorrhizal fungi and nitrogen-fixing bacteria called ”Microsymbionts” because they form a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with plants.

 

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Nature and Friends

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The human species is perhaps the most valuable “Keeper of Balance” in the Garden of Eden. At times, Mother Nature herself has temper tantrums with extreme hot and cold weather, floods, drought, and others. These extremes effectively throw the entire dynamic bio-sphere out of balance.
At 1st Choice Fertilizer, Inc., we believe that human intervention is the clearest pathway to restoring equilibrium. Therefore, it is our goal to combine our scientific analysis with your practical knowledge and empower you as the “Keeper of Balance,” restoring Mother Nature to equilibrium, and optimizing whatever you choose to grow.