Years of conventional farming practices using excessive amount of synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides have resulted in loss of topsoil. When topsoil is lost, fertility diminishes and farmers often believe that the solution is to use even more chemical inputs. But many don’t have money to pay for these chemical fertilizers and are seeing a reduction in crops as a result. Their livelihood suffers along with their lands. For those who can afford the chemicals, their soil continues to erode and lose fertility, which only demands more and more chemicals to offset the soil damage that they are causing.
Soils are the basis for more than 90% of worldwide food production and our planet is losing 24 billion tons of fertile soil each year. Losing topsoil doesn’t just impact our food. It leads to more wildfires, droughts, landslides, floods and accelerated climate change. At Bloomhabit, we are focused on creating soil health technologies that will help farmers build healthier soils, create healthier food and healthier humans. The journey of human health starts with the soil and ends on our plates.