This Project Turns Chicken Manure into Organic Soil for Sustainable Agriculture
Soil is the foundation of any successful growing medium. Soil feeds and aerates your plants and is not just dirt. Soil is a live substance filled with microorganisms (hundreds of millions per gram) that transforms organic matter into food that plants can digest. Only with good soil, can agriculture survive.
Growers today often spray chemicals to kill bad bacteria and till soil repeatedly. This practice kills beneficial creatures that live in the soil and as a result, there are not enough microbes to help plants breakdown nutrients and fend off disease. The result is a system that calls for more synthetic fertilizer to feed the plants and the use of environmentally harmful pesticides to control disease. This creates a vicious cycle of farming that depletes the earth and relies on chemicals made from and/or distributed by fossil fuels. Furthermore, fertilizer produces far more Greenhouse Gas (“GHG”) that contributes to climate change than expected. After more than 1,000 field experiments, climate scientists calculated in the mid-2000s that the dirt dwellers spew about one kilogram of the greenhouse gas for every 100 kilograms of fertilizer, or roughly 1 percent.
The project, with a 70 acre facility in Castleberry Alabama, converts chicken manure, food waste and green waste to an organic soil amendment using a proprietary blend of microbes. The process automatically removes harmful GHG emissions from the atmosphere and thus generates carbon credits for offset. The finished product is sifted and can be distributed in a commercial spreader. Based on the project’s production capacity, this is the largest facility of its kind in the United States.
The organic soil amendment produced from the project has the following positive impacts:
- 100% Organic
- Drought resistant
- Balance PH of soil
- Increased soil water retention up to 50%
- Increased nutrient storage aiding fertilizer runoff control
- Eliminate or reduce the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides
- Larger and stronger plant root systems resulting in healthier plants, trees and turf
By supporting this project you directly contribute to re-building our basic agricultural industry and preserving the earth. We believe in strong, sustainable, environmentally friendly farming built on sound organic restoration principals. So do you.
Feedback from GEC Organic Waste Composting Project Beneficiaries
—- Chip Bryars, Organic Farmer and Land Owner
“Modern day thought is that you can’t feed the world with organic farming. This is wrong. Medium sized organic farms are far more productive than any industrialized model of agriculture and are sustainable. Our soil is being depleted at 13 times the rate it can be replaced”.
— Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety
For more info about this project, please visit www.gecorganics.com