Soil is the new gold. It is the greatest asset a farmer owns, yet for decades, worldwide, it has been neglected, overused, depleted. Since the start of the industrial agricultural revolution, intensive monoculture and artificial farming practices have robbed the ground's capacity to provide the things we depend on for life itself. Clean air and water. Thriving biodiversity. Nutritious food. To name just a few of the vital 'ecosystem services' provided by our soils.
Their continued destructive agricultural practices reduce soil quality
A downward cycle
The narrow focus, for more than half a century, on using land to produce efficient food has overlooked the full range of services that soil provides humanity. Intensive agriculture has pushed farmers into dependency on artificial inputs for short term gain - yet the reality is long term failure and financial and contractual commitments which hold them in this negative cycle. Their continued destructive agricultural practices reduce soil quality further, creating a vicious downward spiral.
We know the negative impact of degraded soils. It is widely acknowledged by nations, businesses and communities.
The problems that poor soils bring are universal. Catastrophic climate change, lack of water, chronic public health issues, failing harvests for vital food supplies. Declining biodiversity, which is essential for the organic processes above and below ground to repair and keep our ecosystems healthy. We know the negative impact of degraded soils. It is widely acknowledged by nations, businesses and communities. They are actively, urgently seeking solutions, as evident in the Paris Agreement and the burgeoning interest globally to invest in land restoration. Change is needed. Now.Â Â
Biological processes repair and enrich soils.
Solution - Nature knows best
The simple fact is that nature holds the key to survival. Biological processes repair and enrich soils. A vibrant diversity of plant, insect, bird and animal life creates the rich organic matter needed for these processes. In turn, soil can hold more water, absorb more carbon and do this more efficiently, and provide more nutrition for human consumption. A nature-friendly way of farming is regenerative farming, and the benefits, despite being ignored by the mainstream, have been known for decades.
In short, regenerative farming is a way of using the land that works with nature, using the chemical and biological power of nature itself to heal soils and make crops flourish. Bees, worms, compost, biomass, mother nature's luscious, transformative tools. Regenerative practices harness what nature offers and have been proven not only to increase soil health but also farmers' yields and profit:
Quality & Nutrition
Profitability (long term)
Intrinsic land value
Need to irrigate
Harvest volatility - Top soil loss
Run off & drought
Our objective to catalyze the transition to regenerative farming
Regenerative farming - proven impact
Stichting Soil Heroes Foundation focuses on increasing the quality of life on earth for the long term. We do this by stimulating the transition to regenerative agriculture. Next to our main focus of improving soil health, we strive for increasing the impact of eco system services. This enables farmers to gain directly from their transition and so secure long term impact.
Our four main areas of focus to persuade farmers to transition to regenerative farming and make it the new standard worldwide are;
Providing proof of practice. We will make the practice and impact of regenerative farming measurable and visible by trialing techniques and gathering and sharing results.
Building networks and an enabling environment. We will create a positive environment to support regenerative farming. We will verify results with international experts and make our findings open source. We will provide creditability and encourage uptake through farmers, experts, organizations and networks.
Inspiring action. We will demonstrate the potential for soil improvement as a result of regenerative practices. This we do by sharing the effects it has for the soil, income, product quality, climate and health of our planet in general.
Support tangible and commercial authority. We will stimulate activities and developments that validate both qualitatively and quantitatively ecosystem services. Creating a solid basis for (new) commercial activities for farmers and buyers.
Next to supporting initiatives which contribute to the focus areas of the foundation we, ourselves, will also initiate and organize activities with the same objective.
Next to farmers, the Soil Heroes Foundation also aims to reach organisations, companies, knowledge institutes, governments and consumers as they all form a vital part in the transition.
First and foremost, we will empower farmers to be part of the regenerative revolution by communicating the importance and positive impact of regenerative practices. With farmers being an all-purpose word, we understand that there is a wide variety of different farmers. However our focus is global in which we initially target farmers who already have a certain vision (both ecological as well as economical) for the future generation. This group is the most likely to embrace this transition and will eventually help to inspire more and more farmers.
Next to farmers, the Soil Heroes Foundation also aims to reach organisations, companies, knowledge institutes, governments and consumers as they all form a vital part in the transition. Whether it is co- development, knowledge sharing, validating and/or being the potential buyers of products and ecosystem services.
In short - Stichting Soil Heroes Foundation
To enable to the long-term viability of people in harmony with the planet.
To stimulate and establish a regenerative society where restoration of soil health, soil biodiversity and the production of food with a higher nutrient density is central.
To catalyze the transition to regenerative farming globally.
Support and stimulate regenerative initiatives globally and initiate and innovate ourselves.