As a bio-dynamic farmer I have a huge passion for composting cow manure. So I like to talk a lot of bullshit.
What's so important about shit?
Well, in the beginning, there was light and minerals and water. Out of those the miracle of life happened. The earth was only 500 million years old then. But for 3.5 billion years life remained primitive. Only single-celled organisms existed.
Then, only 600 million years ago, animals and plants came into existence.
They co-evolved into a fantastic symbiosis. Fast forward a little bit in this evolution and we have plants which transform sunlight and minerals into life, feeding the animals and animals in turn help the plants by through their mobility by spreading the plant seeds in their manure. And manure is the best fertilizer for those seeds.
Out of this co-evolution, soil came into existence. Where there was only dead rocks before, animals took a shit, and the barren rocks slowly became covered by a layer of life. Soil - a living skin covering the world 30cm deep.
The soil itself might be the most amazing living organism that ever existed.
And out of the soil rose civilization. It was the incredible fertility of the land that allowed humans to settle down. We stuck seeds in the ground and were amazed by the incredible abundance that sprang out of the earth. This was only 10,000 years ago.
The soil fed us so plentifully that it freed us up to develop our intellect, our spirituality, our technology.
But most humans failed to really comprehend the symbiosis that allowed soil to come into existence. Instead of feeding the soil with the dung of the animals, they plowed the soil deeper and deeper. And the soil eroded. Slowly.
Too slowly for most humans to comprehend. But some did comprehend. Around 350 BC, Plato looked at the soils around Athens and saw only a shadow of its former self. He said: “The hills used to have high crests and the plains were covered in rich, soft soil… It has all run away leaving the land nothing but skin and bone.”
The civilization of Athens was then at her peak, but with her soils depleted she was soon to fall.
Today we destroy soil at a faster pace than ever before. In the past 90 years the western world has lost 50% of its topsoil. We are living in precarious times!
There are many things farmers can do to live in symbiosis with the soil. But farmers today live in an economic straightjacket. Even if they know what they could and should do, they can’t afford to do it.
This is where YOU come in. The average European needs 2500 square meters of land -soil- to sustain a healthy, diverse diet.
The Soil Fertility Fund Stiftung TRIGON gives everyone the opportunity to support a farmer in his or her region by adopting 2500 square meters of land to make sure that the farmer has the resources he needs to BUILD UP soil fertility. To tackle this problem for all of Europe we will need 38 billion Euros per year. What's incredible though is how cheap it is when we break it down to the individual.
Just 100 Euros per person and year.
We can afford that.
One farm at a time, we can reverse soil degradation and make sure that we have healthy and nutritious food for generations to come AND at the same time help to stop climate change, because a healthy fertile soil takes CO2 out of the air and turns it into fertile humus.
TRIGON currently works with 34 pioneer farms in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Lichtenstein to implement the first 3 years of the pilot phase of this project.
Each farmer that you support will host a festival on his farm once a year where everyone is welcome to join and celebrate the fertility of the soil and this new relationship.
Now let me cut through the bullshit. I am asking you take action NOW. Adopt your patch of land. Support a farmer and go visit him next year on his farm. For companies this is an excellent opportunity for a day trip with the entire staff and special customers.
Just recently TRIGON made a deal with the first Swiss company to offset their entire CO2 emissions through the Soil Fertility Fund. This pledge by the ecological cleaning company Öko Reinigungsservice from Zürich will take care of an entire farm. Thank you!