Shumei International will be observing World Soil Day on December 5th. The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity.” This day is an important reminder of how pure and robust soil positively contributes to the health of ecosystems and of people. Currently, many ecological communities around the world are threatened by soil salinization. Salinization that is not naturally occurring holds the potential to impede upon food security, agriculture production, and the overall wellbeing of ecosystems.
Shumei International works with farmers worldwide to encourage them to implement practices which increase soil health naturally. The philosophy and practice of Shumei Natural Agriculture underscores the importance of growing crops in soil that is pure and without any chemical additives or inputs. Techniques such as cover cropping and not leaving the soil exposed also support the soil in regenerating naturally. By allowing the soil to grow crops naturally, and with indigenous seeds, a plethora of nutrients and vitamins are innately infused into the crops. With every harvest, the soil becomes stronger and crops also become more vital and nutrient dense.
Shumei Natural Agriculture philosophy also emphasizes having deep respect for Nature and cultivating a sense of reverence for the power of the soil. Additionally, creating an inner sense of gratitude for Nature and for the sustenance it provides is also an important component of Natural Agriculture philosophy. By trusting in the power of Nature and soil with reverence and respect, we can develop a deeper connection and relationship with the planet, with the soil, and with our food.