THE DEBATE OF OUR TIME | Forgotten soil

My name is Rob Richmond, I am a former Nuffield Scholar and current pioneer in soil management.

In this blog I want to open a debate which was current in the 1930’s and 40’s. The debate between humus “fuelled” farming and artificial fertiliser “fuelled” agriculture.

In the end, the Second World War, food rationing and the lack of labour meant the easy option of fertilises, producing similar yields to humus agriculture, was adopted. This continued apace for the last 70 plus years, producing increasing yields of cheap commodities.

However, since 2000, yields have levelled or declined despite incre…

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