The Green Revolution, from the 1960’s through the 1980’s, dramatically increased food production, largely by breeding crop varieties that were able to take advantage of man-made fertilizer and developing powerful pesticides and herbicides.
But as we intensified agriculture, we also intensified its environmental impacts and untoward outcomes. The impacts included the well-worn warnings of soil erosion, reduced biodiversity, and the increase in synthetic fertilizers; however, it has been the outcomes that have garnered public attention. Barren, unrecoverable cropland, reduced harvest varieties and yields, and hundreds of thousands of acres of dead zones are the unintended consequences of unbalanced agricultural systems.
Today our ability to continually push these systems to produce more crops year after year has largely stagnated and is no longer keeping pace with rising demand. New innovations are urgently needed to change the way we grow food and to make it more sustainable.
Balancing chemistry with biology: The Power of Microbes, the Power of SumaGrow
When we think of microbes, many of us picture germs and diseases. However, most microbes are beneficial, and we literally could not survive without them. For too long we have discounted and overlooked the fundamental necessity of a healthy microbiome in agriculture in order to sustain and increase crop yields.
In nature, plants coevolve with microbes that live in their root zones, on their leaves and even inside their cells. Symbiotically, plants provide microbes with food in the form of carbon, and microbes make nutrients available to the plants and help prevent diseases. But as we began to increase the amount and variety of chemicals to our fields and chronically tilling soils, we broke the balance between plants and microbes by destroying many of these beneficial organisms.
SumaGrow microbial technology has demonstrated the unique ability to help maintain the necessary balance of chemistry and biology in the soil system for increased crop performance. SumaGrow microorganisms were selected for their innate, genetic predilection to subsist in the root zone of the plant. The routine application of SumaGrow microbes to the soil continually supplies powerful, beneficial microorganisms to the root zone of the plant. where they make nutrients (chemical) available to the plant for optimum growth and development.
SumaGrow microbes are important also because of their ability to unlock phosphorus and essential micronutrients so that plants can use them. They do this by releasing specialized molecules that break the bonds between phosphorus and soil particles.
SumaGrow has been at the forefront of the microbial revolution for almost two decades. The explosion of interest in beneficial microbes for food production is exciting and portends a future when agriculture is more balanced and is less reliant on chemicals.
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