“Soil that is mostly dead, decayed, and devoid of life. Typically made with substrates that are mostly depleted of organic carbon and nutritional content. Substrates such as peat moss, coconut coir, or compost.”
DID YOU KNOW?
- Peat moss has little to no food for microbes
- Peat moss is depleted of organic carbon!
- Peat moss is unsustainable
- Peat bogs can take 1,000’s of years to regenerate!
- Peat bogs are only found in a few places around the world.
- Virtually all peat moss used in the United States comes from Canada
- Peat Moss is low in pH (acidic) which very few plants like. As it decomposes it additionally lowers the pH of the soil requiring more additives and adjustments which can destroy the soil environment.
- Peat is not a healthy environment for earthworms or microorganisms in the soil so it becomes compacted from a lack of aeration limiting the roots ability to spread.
- Peat Moss can carry diseases from the bog of decaying plants it came from. It also retains a large amount of water that pathogens can move easily through and into the awaiting roots of plants.
- Quality control is a problem with peat because of variable conditions from one peat bog to the next.
Environmental issues created:
Peat bogs are drained to harvest the peat moss which destroys the organisms living there and damages local wildlife population.
Peat is arguably a non-renewable resource due to the time it takes to regenerate a peat bog after harvest.
Carbon dioxide is released into the air when bogs are drained causing more pollution and damage to the ozone layer.
“A large absorbent moss that grows in dense masses on boggy ground, where the lower parts decay slowly to form peat deposits. Peat moss is widely used in horticulture, especially for packing plants, and (as peat) for compost.”
- Coconut Coir has little to no food for microbes
- Coconut Coir by default contains little organic carbon!
- Coconut Coir has naturally high EC (salts)
- If the EC of soil is not properly balanced, it can hinder plant growth!
- Most Coconut Coir is not produced locally
- Most Coconut Coir is shipped from countries like Indonesia & the Philippines!
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- Most Coconut Coir comes from the Eastern hemisphere which is not locally sourced in most regions. Due to climates required for growing it creates many distribution problems.
- Coir contains very little nutrition for plants (NPK 0.2 – 0.01 – 0.78).
- Coir has a tendency to attract fungus gnats that lay eggs and multiply.
Environmental issues created:
When coconuts are harvested they are separated into kernel and husk. The kernel (or copra) is either used directly as food or processed into other cooking products or oil. The husk, meanwhile, is sent to fiber mills to be processed and then used to make mattresses, geotextiles, and products for the automotive industry. The by-product of this fiber processing stage is coir pith, which historically would have been burned or simply left outside the fiber mill to rot, but is now itself being processed and shipped to horticultural markets in Europe, Australia, and the USA.
The most obvious area of concern regarding coir pith is water consumption and pollution. The process of washing and buffering coir pith is hosing or spraying mounds of coir pith. If untreated the run-off (containing salts and other chemicals, microbial and physical contaminants) can affect surface water, groundwater, and soils.
“A natural fiber extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, etc. Brown coir (made from ripe coconut) are in upholstery padding, sacking, and horticulture as a soil conditioner.”
- Compost has little to no food for microbes
- The composting process removes beneficial organic carbon!
- Compost creates harmful greenhouse gases
- Compost releases CO2 and methane gas as it breaks down!
- Compost is generally unpredictable
- Because compost ingredients can vary, the final product can be unreliable!
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- If not composted completely & properly pathogens, insects, and bad bacteria are likely to be present.
- Humus is the final product of the composting process and contains little to no nutritional value for plants.
- Added nutrients are essential in compost and too many nutrients can destroy the soil environment.
Environmental issues created:
Gases released from compost piles are a negative effect associated with the composting process. Colonies of anaerobic bacteria can sometimes flourish and produce methane gas. The decomposition process also releases carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, bacteria, and fungi. The release of methane and carbon dioxide contributes to the problem of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Composting facilities usually cause unpleasant odors, and other air emissions are generated by the combustion engines used to power windrow turning machines and grinders.
Leachate production is also common. Leachate is liquid runoff and condensation from the composting process that can reduce the amount of dissolved oxygen in lakes and streams; damaging their ecosystems and aquatic life.
The most significant potential environmental problem arising from compost use is its potential to transfer heavy metals into the soil. This is a serious concern and requires quality control standards through:
- Analysis of composts
- Enforcement of land application standards
- The limitation and reduction of contaminants.
“A mixture of decayed or decaying organic matter for use in soil. Compost is usually made by gathering plant material (i.e. leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable peels) into a pile or bin and letting it decompose to create humus.”
What makes Peat, Coir, & Compost “Zombie Soil”?
Why is the industry stuck on Peat, Coir, & Compost?
Nutrient Infusion Soil Technology
“The process of infusing NPK + Micro-Nutrients within fresh non-composted biomass through homogenization, pasteurization, and dehydration to create a fertile long-lasting soil substrate or soil amendment.”
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Say goodbye to Peat Moss, Coconut Coir, & Compost! OrganiLock’s patent-pending Nutrient Infusion Soil Technology (NIST) has led to the creation of new types of soil amendments and potting media that are longer lasting, more productive, organic, and more bio-responsible than any other product on the market.
NIST Combines fresh non-composted biomass (from wood waste to manure) and whole animals that would otherwize be sent to landfills to decompose and release harmful greenhouse gasses. The Nutrient-Infusion process results in a product that is loaded with more N-P-K, micronutrients, and food for soil microorganisms (organic carbon) than anything else available!
Why Use Fresh Biomass?
- To utilize un-tapped waste streams and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Processing non-composted biomass ensures the maximum amount of plant nutrients and organic carbon (microbe food) are left intact for soil microorganisms when they are needed.
- Biomass waste is readily available in most parts of the world which significantly reduces the carbon footprint when compared to peat moss and coconut coir that has to be shipped from remote locations.
Why Use Whole Animals?
- To minimize the waste being sent to landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Animals can be an excellent source of organic matter & plant nutrients including a balance of both macronutrients and micronutrients – especially organic nitrogen which is crucial for obtaining the desired C:N ratio in carbon-rich soil.
- Animal mortalities are unfortunately inevitable. Waste streams such as poultry and fish are readily available in most parts of the world. Utilizing these waste streams to enrich soil is a bio-responsible alternative to sending them to our landfills.