The importance of soil fertility for agriculture was one of the first realizations that hit farmers at the start of the Agricultural revolution back in the 18th century. Slowly, they realized that good quality soil is essential for high yield, and sufficient production to sustain families, villages, and entire societies.
The difference between types of soils, and variation in soil properties became apparent- soil moisture, soil texture and of course soil chemistry determined what crops can grow in particular regions, and how much yield the fields will produce.
However, something that was not very known at that time is that soils are a precious resource, which is easily exhausted. Continuous mismanagement and exploitation due to lack of knowledge, led to poor soil fertility, loss of soil and as a result, drastic decrease in agricultural production. It became clear to most specialists, that core of th... Read more
SoilCares technology helps farmers to better understand their soil.
The farm of Dirk Swart is located near St. Annaparochie in the North of the Netherlands. On this 60 hectare area of land, Dirk Swart is growing potatoes, sugar beets, onions, corn and wheat. He participated with one of his fields in a pilot project set up by HLB, a partner of SoilCares and George Pars Graanhandel B.V. (Pars). A number of soil samples from his field were analysed in the Lab-in-a-Box (LiaB). This is a sensor lab developed by SoilCares that allows fast and cost-effective soil analyses. Thanks to his participation in this pilot project, he now knows exactly what the soil fertility variation is on his field. He also has more insights in the results of his efforts to improve the soil.
About the Sustainable Development Goals
The concept of sustainable world was first formed in 1987 when the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development released the report Our Common Future. Sustainable development was then defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. However, it has been unclear how to make this idea operational. The acceptance of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly in September 2015 was a crucial step because it translated the idea of sustainability into 17 concrete, measurable goals covering every aspect of life. The 17 Global Goals comprise 169 targets that aim to transform our world by 2030.
SoilCares sprak met professor Johan Bouma, een gepensioneerde Nederlandse bodemwetenschapper die onder andere werkte bij de Wageningen University en het Research Center. Hij vertelt ons meer over het belang van de bodem bij het creëren van een duurzame wereld en hij laat ons zien waarom hij denkt dat SoilCares-technologie waarde toevoegt aan de landbouw.
Professor Bouma, kunt u wat meer vertellen over het belang van de bodem bij het creëren van een duurzamere wereld?
Johan Bouma: "Het concept van een duurzame wereld werd in 1987 voor het eerst in het Brundtland-rapport geformuleerd. Dit werd in september 2015 door de VN geconcretiseerd in 17 duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen (SDG's). Ik ben van mening dat dit een heel belangrijk moment was. Voor het eerst werd duurzaamheid vertaald in 17 concrete doelen die elk aspect van het leven bestrijken. De bodem speelt hierbij een hele belangrijke rol. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan voe... Read more
SoilCares interviewed professor Johan Bouma, a renowned soil scientist, about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world and how SoilCares can contribute to it.
SoilCares talks about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world with retired Professor Johan Bouma, a Dutch soil scientists with vast experience working for Wageningen University and Research Centre. He shares his views on soil’s role in attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how SoilCares can relate to this and contribute to making the world more sustainable.
Professor Bouma, can you elaborate on the importance of soil in creating a more sustainable world?
Johan Bouma: "The concept of a sustainable world was first articulated in 1987 in the Brundtland Report. Nobody is against a sustainable world, of course, but in the past it was difficult to make it clear what a sustainable world really would entail and how to make it operational. I think the acceptance