EARLY AGRICULTURE SOCIETIES
In this video: The eight Neolithic founder crops were cultivated in the Levan about 10,000 years ago. Sumerian farmers relied on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to grow wheat and cereal barley. Not long after that, the Egyptians practiced agriculture on a large scale powered by farming in the fertile Nile valley, which helped them to achieve a high population density and build their empire. Agriculture had begun to flourish in other regions of the world, such as China, between 8000 and 7000 BP where paddy fields were developed to mimic the natural wetland habitats favored by rice.
THE GREEN REVOLUTION
Selective crop breeding was a consistent method for improving agricultural productivity until the 20th Century when technological advancement and development of novel inputs, such as pesticides transformed agriculture. Providing crops with adequate water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides resulted in significantly higher yields. The Green Revolution focused on increasing yields of staple crops, such as rice. Many countries that had been net importers of these crops became self-sufficient as global food production increased. However, the transition from subsistence to market-based economies had negative socioeconomic and environmental impacts. The focus on staple crops was often at the expense of traditionally diverse polyculture farming systems that had, for millennia, provided a balanced diet for inhabitants.
BRINGING BIOLOGY BACK.
A high-quality soil is built on biodiversity. Garden and agricultural soil can lack the microbes necessary for taking your garden to the next level. Some farming practices, such as pesticides, cultivation, excessive fertilizer application and improper crop rotation, will diminish biological activity in the soil. Grotek Liquid Life is a probiotic soil treatment that re-introduces the biological diversity that has symbiotically evolved with plants in the natural world over millions of years.
With over 129,000 species, this formula is a true bio-boost for your plants. When brewed for 24 hours, 1L of finished tea contains the same number of microbes as 150kg of worm castings.
Liquid Life is a proprietary blend of 3 types of engineered compost (worm castings, plant-based humus compost, and wood-based fungal compost) along with biological food sources and organic plant nutrients.
IT’S WHO YOU KNOW.
There are five major groups of helpers in the finished liquid: bacteria, protozoa, fungi, nematodes, and micro-invertebrates. All of these microorganisms serve essential soil functions, including the formation of beneficial biofilms around plant roots. Biofilms enhance nutrient availability, release plant assisting compounds, and more.
Bacteria release secondary metabolites as they eat. These include things like enzymes, vitamins and other compounds that help plants grow more quickly. Some of these substances also help bacteria mine minerals from the soil, which they share with plants in exchange for carbohydrates. This gives plants a real advantage when it comes to nutrient availability.
Fungi produce tremendous benefits like a range of secondary metabolites including antibiotics. Soil fungi help their plant partners by creating substances that reduce pressure from pathogenic (bad) bacteria. From Penicillum to Aspergillus and Trichoderma, the fungi in this solution help plants focus on rapid growth without worrying about bad neighbours.
Micro-invertebrates are small animals that hunt smaller soil dwellers like protozoa and nematodes. When they digest them, they release a range of plant available nutrients. Nutrient cycling is a critical part of the soil food web.
The vast majority of nematodes (microscopic worms) are very beneficial. As mobile hunters, they track down and eat smaller organisms so your soil is full of the right kind of helpers.
Protozoa are slow moving organisms that graze on bacteria leave a trail of high-powered plant nutrients in their wake. The amoebas and flagellates in this formula give a boost of food at just the right time.
PROVEN PLANT PERFORMANCE.
Crop research has shown that, even in conventional fields, Grotek Liquid Life provides significant benefits to plant growth and yield. The organisms in Grotek Liquid Life can reduce salt stress, leaching and minimize salt build up.
Nutrient availability is the most crucial consideration in your garden and for your crops. Grotek Liquid Life provides immediate nutrients, but also a slow release of essential elements through biological activity. For example, phosphate solubilising bacteria that digest and release phosphorous naturally to enhance flower production and fruit set in crops.
In commercial greenhouse settings, Grotek Liquid Life can be applied through irrigation systems with emitters that can handle 150-micron particle size or the liquid can be screened further with a barrel filter to meet the system specifications.
The brewed Grotek Liquid Life solution can be applied to soilless media prior to planting at 5% by soil volume, and can be applied as weekly maintenance at 1% of soil volume during the crop cycle.