Now that COP26 is mostly out of the news headlines – does anyone actually know what the world agreed on without googling it?
Well, in an organically-grown nutshell, countries need to do more to reduce greenhouse emissions, urgently (no surprises there). And while coal seemed to be the Big Bad Wolf in the news headlines – there was very little said about the world’s use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers – one New Zealand’s biggest polluters.
Agriculture in clean, green ‘Enzee’ makes up for 49 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions – well it did in 2018 – and shows no signs of slowing down. For the last few decades we’ve been ramping-up livestock production to meet world-demand for our excellent meat, dairy and wool. And our lovely paddocks just haven’t been able to keep up with amount of feed for those big, hungry beasties.
And that’s where synthetic nitrogen comes in. Synthetic nitrogen supercharges the growth of grass (as well as other crops) so more livestock can feed per hectare. But that comes at a serious cost. Synthetic nitrogen upsets the natural balance of the land, creates more emissions from livestocks’ burps and farts, and actually creates another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, when it’s applied. Plus, around half of it is imported, made overseas using fossil fuels and the run-off into our waterways can leave our rivers fighting for their lives.
It’s bad news, all round. So what’s the alternative for commercial farmers?
Well, when it comes to agriculture – doing less is best. By putting less pressure on the environment and helping it to look after us naturally. To change, we need different thinking, like how Joseph Ayoub started Swift Grow, our all-natural organic fertiliser.
Joseph didn’t intend to create fertiliser, he started out farming organic barramundi. To ensure he had a 100% organic product, free of any traces of mercury, he had to move away from commercially-sourced feed, so began making his own. To his surprise, the organic fish manure that was discarded caused the neighbouring trees and plants to…well, grow like crazy.
This accidental discovery put Joseph on a course to enhance the manure and remove the smell of the fishy emissions. Joseph upgraded the farm to use Recirculation Aquaculture Systems which allows precise control of what goes in and what comes out. This includes the harvesting of the fish excrement as a by-product which is purified and sold as a concentrated liquid fertiliser.
It is available in commercial quantities, and for the home gardener. It’s an all-natural fertiliser than can replace synthetic fertilisers, help return damaged soil to its natural balance, and make crops of all kinds flourish.
It didn’t take the world’s leaders to achieve this – just some clever thinking and odour-free fish emissions.
To find out more about the impact of synthetic fertilisers and intensive agriculture check out these links: