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Join ATTICA Candidate for Otaki Michael Kay, who is a second-generation regenerative farmer, uncover the real truth of the damages that chemical agriculture does to soil, comparing how bad it is then to regenerative natural farming.
Image: CC/ Attica Project - SUPPLIED
Michael Kay is concerned for the health of the environment. By that, he means waterways and freshwater lakes that are full of soil, sewage, and precious nutrient — when it is not treated the correct way he tries his best to prove that what he does on his regenerative farm does work, and more farmers need to make the changeover.
He believes that the electorate candidates are just not doing enough for the Otaki area, and need to do better.
Image: CC/ Sam Hudson - Chemical soil
Michael filled up two buckets with each having two types of soil, chemically affected soil and natural soil that's in the process of regeneration.
On the chemically affected and modified soil Michael Kay says, “There is no life. There was one little root which looking at [that] root is potential of a weed. There's no worms.”
The soil colour is usually the most prominent indicator and tells exactly what's wrong with it, and he explains it very well so there's more of an understanding of what chemicals can do to soil; including positions even if they're bio-degradable.
Image: CC/ Sam Hudson - Regenerative soil
On the regenerative farming style soil which is in the process of recovering and becoming healthy he says, “We had about six worms in that quarter and for the whole thing; times it by four, we've got about 24 to 28 worms in this part. Remembering, that this is an ex vegetable ground and it's not representative of the whole farm — it's the hardest part for me to actually regenerate on this farm.”
Most of the top-soil of Michael's farm has been washed off in recent times when it wasn't regenerating, and he is trying to fix and recover that.
Poisons and pesticides do kill almost all life in the soil just like a dead bush. Nothing survives.
Image: CC/ Sam Hudson - Drain test
A water' drain test' was performed that acts like a sponge. The test compares how much time each soil type drains, the faster it drains means the soil is healthier and has fewer chemicals, especially comparing how muggy the water looks.
When the water drains faster, the soil is healthy and would be good to grow all sorts of nutrients and allow life in the soil to thrive.
“You just notice the cloudy-ness [chemical agriculture] also in the top of the soil as the particulates of the soil are actually joining in with the water and starting to just move around. If we had a rain simulator, you'd see that,” said Michael Kay.
He explains that the more transparent water in the glass [5 years of regeneration] has got a little bit of a muggy-ness look, but it's ‘still clear' compared to the chemically modified soil.
Image: CC/ Sam Hudson - Final results
In the end, the results were eye-opening, showing and proving that badly treated soil can cause a lot of damage.
This is not just for not just various bug and insect life in the ground but also makes the slogan ‘better for your garden' for most pesticide products a complete lie.
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