We will look into an almost free 100% organic fertilizer

Cum pesticide formula developed by the National Centre for Organic Farming, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. We will also show you how to make the most powerful DIY micronutrient loaded organic fertilizer using this product.

All that’s coming up! Currently. About 2 billion metric tons of waste are produced annually worldwide. And only about 5 percent of this is recycled for composting. This means the waste is not managed properly and instead either dumped or openly burnt which can be really biohazardous.

To problem, NCOF, ministry of Agriculture, India, developed a great product which is a consortium of micro-organisms, mainly azotobacter isolated from desi cow dung. So,  This is called WASTE DECOMPOSER. This is perhaps the world’s cheapest biofertilizer and biopesticide made to date.

This product comes in a bottle of 30 gms costing just 20 INR per bottle, that’s less than 20 cents for international viewers and you need to buy only once because you can easily reproduce or do mass multiplication of this product and use it repeatedly forever.

A single bottle of waste decomposer decomposes bio-waste of more than 10000 metric tons in just 30 days and this bottle has a shelf life of 3 years. This is unbelievable. So, Where to purchase this waste decomposer bottle? I can order online from the NCOF website or even amazon and these links are given in the description below.

International users can possibly import this product. Now let’s learn how to use Waste Decomposer? The first thing you should do is perform mass multiplication of waste decomposer. There is nothing sophisticated about it. It’s really a simple process.

I will show you step by step

Take a Large Plastic Barrel like this one, preferably a 200 liters container. You can take even 100 liters or whatever you have. Fill this drum with water. Now add 2 kilograms of Jaggery for 200 liters of water or 1 kilogram for 100 liters. This is the food for these microorganisms.

Now take 1 bottle of waste decomposer and pour all its contents. Make sure you avoid direct contact with its contents with bare hands. Mix it thoroughly using any stick or any pipe. Then cover the container with a cloth. You need to open this daily and stir the solution once in 24 hours.

After 5 days or max 7 days depending on the climate, this solution turns creamy which means now you have 200 liters of water decomposer ready to use. We will discuss the uses of this solution shortly. To restart mass multiplication, now you don’t need to buy a waster decomposer again.

After use, Just leave around 20 liters of this solution in the barrel and add water again, then add jaggery again and repeat the procedure to maintain this forever. Now let’s discuss The Various uses of this waste decomposer: 1. SEED TREATMENT: Simply spray or sprinkle waste decomposer solution uniformly over the seeds.

You can even soak the seeds if you are doing this on a large scale. This works on all types of seeds. Keep the treated seeds in shade for about 30 minutes and then plant the seeds. Seed treatment with waste decomposer shows 98% early and uniform germination and provides protection against various seed-borne diseases and also plays a role in strengthening the plant’s defense mechanisms.

2. FERTILIZER AND SOIL TREATMENT: Watering with waste decomposer solution significantly changes the biological as well as the physical properties of all types of soil within 21 days of application and it also helps to generate earthworm population in the soil which is so beneficial.

You can dilute the waste decomposer in a 1:2 ratio with water

Which is one part waste decomposer to 2 parts water, and water your plants once every 15 days or even once in a month. It is proven to control many soil-borne diseases in crops. 3. FOLIAR SPRAY: It acts as a potent biopesticide when sprayed on plants.

You need to dilute it to a 1:3 ration to use it as a foliar spray. This helps control a variety of fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases in crops when sprayed once in 10 days for 4 times in the growth cycle of a crop. 4. COMPOSTING: This is a compost accelerator and your compost will be ready within 30 to 40 days depending on the type of waste used for composting.

For the conventional pile method of composting, you need to sprinkle waste decomposer for every layer of compost and maintain the basics of aerobic composting like maintaining moisture, aeration by turning the compost pile, and stuff like that. You can check my 4 episode series on composting from a link in the description below.

If you do compost at home on small scale, you can sprinkle waste decomposer solution once or twice and get that compost ready within 30 to 40 days. Now, Let’s prepare the DIY micronutrient-rich organic fertilizer using this waste decomposer, as recommended by the national center for organic farming.

The basic principle of making this micronutrient fertilizer is: Adding foods that are rich in proteins, vitamins, and major and minor elements including Nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium, boron, and so on.

Adding these into the waste decomposer results in the breakdown of these elements into soluble forms by the microorganisms, enzymes, and organic acids present in the waste decomposer. Well, now let’s prepare this fertilizer and learn how to use this for your plants.

First of all

Things You Need: We will prepare this in around 25 liters of waste decomposer solution. Do not worry too much about the quantity and overdosage. This is not a problem with organic fertilizers.

1. At least 3 varieties of Oilseeds like 100 gms each of sunflower seeds, mustard seeds, flax seeds, or any other like soya, castor oil seeds, nigella seeds, or any 3 varieties. 2. 3 varieties of Pulses or lentils of your choice like Red Lentil (Masoor Dal), Yellow or Green split gram (Moong dal), Bengal gram (Chana dal), You can also take Red gram (Arhar dal), Black gram (urad dal) and so on.

3. Some 4 to 5 old iron nails or any small pieces of junk iron stuff. 4. Some copper source – like some old copper wires extracted from wires lying in your junkyard or any old copper vessel if you have one. 5.

Firstly, powder these seeds and pulses, this helps in faster decomposition. Add these into 25 liters of waste decomposer. Now add iron nails, then copper wires, then the zinc source. Mix it well and leave it for 10 days. Do not forget to stir this once daily. After 10 days, your potent nutrient-rich organic fertilizer is ready.

So, How do we use this? You can use it in 2 ways. One, as a liquid fertilizer to water your plants and secondly as a foliar spray to instantly feed your plants through leaves stomata. For watering your plants, you need to dilute this to 1:5. That is one part of this liquid to 5 parts of water.

Whereas for foliar feed, you can dilute this to 1:10 and spray thoroughly on your plants including the undersides of your leaves, because the stomata or the leaf openings are more concentrated at the bottom side of leaves. So, there you have it. Please like, share, and comment below with your feedback and queries. Happy Gardening!

How to wellness trends and mental health therapy

How to wellness trends and mental health therapy

I will be sharing my top wellness trends

I love wellness healthy communities and I want to bridge the gap between wellness research and practice. Wellness as I defined in one is a dynamic, holistic, multi-dimensional process. There are many areas of our wellness that we need to keep in check.

I really really believe that in order for us to be healthy. Community starts from the individual level and as individuals. As a society as a community if we can all work towards balancing those different areas of our wellness by learning. With these new techniques and really learning purposefully and empowering ourselves and others, we can be in a much better place.

The motto of this channel is what I want to achieve from this channel. I also want to give a quick shout out to a special friend of mine from BC who is my OOTD and set ambassador. She gives me all the tips and tricks I need to pay attention to um with my hair, my outfits and my set So thank you so much, my little friend, uh You are awesome and I love facetiming with you and I love chatting with you.

In this episode, I will be sharing my favorite wellness trends that I think will gain momentum in the years to come. I will share my favorite wellness technologies that are out there. We’ll talk about what exactly a wellness sabbatical is and how can we take it if we’re not traveling. and I will give you one wellness shot at the end of the video.

What do you think are some of the common reasons that people don’t get mental health support? Stigma, time, cost, accessibility, availability? There’s a lot of reasons people don’t want to get mental health support I started dipping my toes into getting mental health care and support in my 20s. I tried it for the very first time in my 20s. I hated it.

It wasn’t something that I enjoyed at all

I did not enjoy the whole idea of it. I think I had my own stigmas about mental health care and support. It wasn’t until later on in my life when I hit rock bottom that I met someone who changed my life. That statement is an understatement if you can believe it because she definitely 100% did.

Fone is the days when you have to go. In the office, sit in a chair and have that conversation with your therapist. Thinking back to my 20s when I first did that it was so uncomfortable. It was really weird. Mental health innovation has completely changed the game on how you can receive therapy and how you can actually embrace therapy.

Which leads me to my very first topic of wellness technologies that are up and coming in 2020. Virtual therapy apps have blown up. I’m sure these ads have popped up on your Instagram page on your Facebook page and other social media. Talkspace BetterHelp and Amwell are apps that you can download on your phone they allow you to connect to a therapist from the comfort of your own home.

Now if therapy is brand new to you I say give it a shot and see what happens. I mean you’re not going to know unless you try it. And if you can do it from the comfort of your own home why not? I personally haven’t used those apps but if I can rewind back to my 20s when I had that very weird and comfortable first meet greet with my therapist from the back.

Then I would have actually quite enjoyed having the opportunity to you know.. connect with somebody over the phone in the comfort of my own home. The other wellness technology that is trending trending trending will be the mindfulness and meditation apps. There are so many mindfulness and meditation apps you guys, I don’t really need to tell you that.

Headspace and Calm have been around for several years now. I’ve downloaded both of them. I used both of them. If you’re a fan of basketball Lebron James partnered up with Calm and he had a “Train Your Mind’ series which was pretty awesome and very lit. And so if you want to learn about mindfulness and meditation from an athlete’s perspective I say get calm and try it out.

And the third one is wearable technology

I’m sure you guys all have your Fitbits and your Apple watches to monitor your step count. Your fitness levels but there’s also a wristband called “Feel”. The technology is out of the world and there are biosensors on the wristband that basically says how you feel and the information gets translated from the wristband. An app and then you can ask to answer a series of questions to identify what emotions you’re feeling.

And it also has the ability to connect you directly to a therapist if you need one immediately. I mean come on! That is unreal. This kind of technology was never available to me and to many of my peers you know 10 15 years ago but the fact that we have it is super cool.

How many of you guys have heard the word wellness sabbatical? I heard it a couple of years ago and when I think about the word sabbatical which I’m sure a lot of you the first thing that comes to your mind is professors and academics taking a year off to do research and travel the world. Sabbatical actually goes back to biblical times and actually relates to agriculture.

Every seven years for a whole year there is no cultivation so fields can recharge and rejuvenate and so can people. How awesome is that? A wellness sabbatical is an opportunity for you to recharge re-energize. And refuel and guess what you can take all of your devices with you.

This isn’t your all-inclusive lay on the beach

Get your wristband, and get your game on kind of a sabbatical. Nope. These wellness sabbatical programs are intended for you to still do your work but in a more beautiful and natural setting. There’s an exercise on the agenda, there are healthy foods on the menu. There’s an opportunity to meditate and much more.

Unfortunately, most of these wellness sabbatical programs are not available easily to us. You need to travel to India Malaysia, Spain, Portugal, and Europe and they’re kind of spread out in those areas. So what can we do today and now with these travel restrictions to still get? A wellness sabbatical but in the comfort of your own home?

So I understand that taking a month or three months or a year off to go on a wellness sabbatical may not be a luxury that a lot of us can take right now. All of our financial hardships and many other priorities that we have in front of us. So I’ve had to think about these some other creative ways that we can still continue. A wellness sabbatical without having to travel or really invest that time to be out of focus for too too long.

It is important to recognize that even though. We can travel or may have some limitations to take a number of months off to go on a longer sabbatical it is the work-life balance that is the critical point of this whole story. If you can find that work-life balance you’re not just surviving you’re going to be thriving.

And that is what you need in order to keep all of your wellness wheel areas in check. I think in my first video I had emphasized that we need to be practicing what we are preaching. I do that myself and in order for you to really be the high performer that you want to be you really need to take this pretty seriously.

The wellness shot of the week since this is the last episode of my September series I’m actually gonna give you two.. look at that hey? The first one is super duper simple. It’s gonna cost you anything. All you need to do is grab your favorite plant, grab your favorite scent. And make a little corner of your room your bedroom your living room your home office. Wherever you are as your wellness space.

So this can be your little space

Where you can work and relax and enjoy do your homework do your project work for your boss. Whatever that is but it allows you to be in a space that’s more comforting that’s more calming and that it’s just more relaxing. The second tip I want to give you is about getting the right therapist for obtaining mental health therapy.

Now with all these apps and technologies available. It might be really easy but also overwhelming to pick the right therapist. Most of the therapists do have a bio, some of them and therapists now even have Instagram accounts and Facebook accounts so you can check them out.

So do your research to find the right fit. It is literally like a jigsaw puzzle you need to find the right fit so you can both work together to get to the goals. I will help you be the best version of yourself. It important that you find the right fit . Because then you feel more comfortable that the cost of this adventure is actually worthwhile.

Now, most therapists these days have a sliding scale and offer a free maybe five or ten-minute meet and greet. I say take advantage of the meet and greets. It is really important that you find the right fit. And once you do that your therapy will not only be empowering and successful to you but the relationship. You build with your therapist will be an ongoing positive relationship.

Thank you so much for watching. Thank you to everybody who subscribed. I know there’s only a handful of you that have but I really appreciate all of that and I hope to see you in October. There may be a few changes to my set in October so I hope you look forward. Because I definitely will have something new and exciting to share. And more wellness stories and research to give you in October. I’ll see you then.

Bye! Thanks so much for sticking around. Subscribe and comment below and let me know if you’ve enjoyed this. Feel free to ask me questions and share this video with your peers.  Where we will get to talk more about wellness and work towards bridging the gap between wellness research and practice.

Can Regenerative Agriculture Reverse Climate Change? | One Small Step

Can Regenerative Agriculture Reverse Climate Change

The solution to climate change might be right under my feet

I’m talking about the soil. Healthy soil equals healthy food equals healthy people. The age of chemical food production is gone. Regenerative Organic agriculture is really the future. If you follow sustainability issues at all, you may have heard of regenerative agriculture.

It’s a farming practice that some experts claim can reverse climate change by sequestering atmospheric CO2 in the soil. We could sequester 100% of human-caused carbon emissions? That’s absolutely correct. Proponents say that it can increase biodiversity, make farms more resilient to floods, produce healthier foods, and even improve farm animal welfare.

It sounds almost too good to be true. So I want to know, can regenerative agriculture reverse climate change? To find out I’ve come to the heart of regenerative agriculture research The Rodale Institute, they’ve studied regenerative and organic farming methods for 70 years. I’m Lucy Biggers. And this is One Small Step.

The farm where we’re standing was purchased by entrepreneur J.I. Rodale in 1940. On the land he began experimenting with farming without the use of chemicals in a term he coined organic. In 1947, Rodale launched the Soil and Health Foundation, which today is known as the Rodale Institute.

The nonprofit has decades-long research on farming methods, including a nearly 40-year side-by-side analysis of conventional farming versus organic farming. Regenerative organic farming emphasizes the importance of soil health and includes practices like cover cropping, crop rotation, holistic raising by animals, the use of compost, and no chemical fertilizers herbicides, or pesticides.

In September 2020

The Rodale Institute released a paper that concluded that the global adoption of regenerative practices across both grasslands and arable acreage could sequester more than 100% of current anthropogenic emissions of CO2. Okay, that is definitely a mouthful.

But basically what Rodale’s research is saying is if we could transition our farmland and grasslands to regenerative practices we could actually sequester the carbon that humans release. Basically, they’re claiming that we could reverse climate change just by changing our farming practices. I spoke to Jeff Moyer, CEO of the Rodale Institute to find out more.

I think a lot of people think that soil is just dead, it’s dirt. Right? So what are you doing right now on this farm to protect that soil health and restore that soil health? The key to soil health is the microbial life that’s in the soil. We all get our energy from the sun, whether it’s electrical energy you’re using in your home, or it’s an oil that you’re using in your car.

Microbial life in the soil is the same way. Only it gets its energy from the plants that are growing on the soil. So if the soil is bare with no crop on it, there’s no energy being collected, the microbial life in the soil dies and the health degrades. And so what we need to do as farmers keep the ground covered with something green and growing 12 months out of the year.

So this field was tilled just the other day, but we immediately planted some fast-growing cover crops that I’m gonna dig a little bit up here and show you that it has a very complex root system already. there you can sort of see the rye seed that we planted right here. Right. Here’s the rye sprout coming up, but look at all of the root structure here already.

So it’s collecting energy and putting carbon in the soil

The plant roots are supporting the microbial life in the soil and the top of the plant is collecting solar energy, which is carbon, and putting it in the soil where the plant can use it. When plants use photosynthesis, they take CO2 out of the atmosphere and put some of it in the soil as carbon.

Plants are so good at this, that there’s three to four times more carbon in our soils than in our atmosphere and vegetation. Historically conventional farming with its heavy reliance on pesticides and synthetic fertilizers has degraded the soil and decreased the amount of carbon it holds. So much so that it’s estimated 75% of global soils are degraded.

And according to the United Nations, we only have 60 harvests left. So if this was just a conventional farm, they would just leave it field like this bare all winter? That’s right, yes, absolutely, it would just be bare. And why is that so bad? Well, again, you’re not collecting any solar energy and you’re not feeding the microbial life in the soil.

So even when this is gone next season some of this carbon that was in its roots will (indistinct) Oh, the carbon will, yeah. In a couple of weeks, this thing will be covered solid with solar collectors, collecting energy from the sun and sequestering that energy and that carbon in the soil.

To understand regenerative agriculture, we have to look at today’s conventional farming, which took hold in the 1960s and is now the dominant way to farm in the US. Conventional agriculture relies on the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, as well as genetically modified crops that produce high yields in vast acres of monoculture fields.

Over the past century

Conventional agriculture has doubled farm outputs but at a major cost. Conventional agriculture produces less nutrient-dense food, emits chemical runoff that pollutes waterways threatening human health and it contributes to climate change. Fossil fuel-based nitrogen fertilizers are a major source of nitrous oxide, which is a potent greenhouse gas.

When we first started farming organically and we bought this farm in 1971, everybody said you can’t grow corn, but clearly, you can see this field right next to us. Yeah Is a very lush green growing cornfield. Yeah. And this has been organic for the last 50 years. So this is the corn that’s being raised for livestock feed. Got it. This is not human consumption corn.

This isn’t sweet corn, but an ear of very nice ear corn. We have a whole field of it. So it doesn’t matter if this field is one acre or 10,000 acres. Right. We can do it organically. And what about pest control with organic? That’s where crop rotations come in. We’re growing corn in this field this year. We won’t grow corn on this field next year.

We’re gonna grow it over there. So all the insects and the pests will be here not over there so we rotate crops and. It’s that simple? It’s that simple. Rodale has conducted a 40-year farm systems trial to compare the yields of conventional farming versus organic farming. Here are their fields where they’ve been testing for 40 years.

This is conventional corn, which has fed fertilizers and pesticides, and then there’s this five-foot barrier. And then here is the organic corn. This site has no chemicals added. This site has a ton of chemicals. So in the first four years, the conventional system out-yielded the organic system. Okay. And this is a field that was pretty degraded.

It had been 70 to 100 years of conventional tillage and heavy chemical use

The plants kind of like relied on those chemicals and then we took them away. From year four to today there’s been no statistical difference between the yields in the organic and the conventional system. And what we found a lot of that has to do with putting more carbon in the soil.

Drew Smith is the chief scientist at Rodale. Why can’t conventional agriculture also sequester carbon? What are you doing differently that changes that outcome? What we found over a long period of time here at Rodale Institute and the farming systems trial is that when you use synthetic fertilizers you actually lose carbon over time.

And when you use organic or natural-based fertilizers, like composts, manures, and other natural fertilizers, you actually gain carbon in the soil over time. [Lucy] Rodale shows that you don’t have to use chemicals to get great results. On the farm, they grow vegetables like squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. This tomato plant is 15 feet tall.

Wow, so there’s one that starts right here, and then it goes over here. And up to here, wow. And up to here. That is amazing. And you can see that it’s still. It still wants to keep going. And they humanely raise pigs, chickens, and turkeys that have space to live and access to fields. This is like a chicken lawnmower. Oh yeah, we call it the chicken tractor.

I know right now there’s this huge conversation, you know, go vegan for the climate. But I see you’re raising chickens here, you obviously care about the climate. So what is the relationship with animals? The problem is in how we’ve chosen to produce animals by force-feeding them grains so that they can produce meat at a faster rate, but then the quality of the meat goes down.

Beef animals produce methane if you feed them corn and soybeans

They don’t produce nearly as much if they’re eating grass. Probably in this country, we all eat too much meat. [Lucy] Right. [Jeff] And we should cut down the amount of meat that we eat, but we don’t have to eliminate meat.

Instead of chemical fertilizer, Rodale uses compost, which Jeff told me to help sequester carbon. In degrees, hotter than bathwater, you know. You can see it looks like rich black soil. Keep in mind carbon is black, coal is black. We only put it on our fields once every five to 10 years. Really? Yeah.

That’s how strong it is? The idea of applying this material is not to use it as fertilizer but to use it as a soil amendment to feed the microbial life in the soil. To connect the dot to me, then that’s sequestering carbon because more microbes mean more carbon in the soil? That’s correct. The microbes are carbon-based just like we are.

All life is carbon-based. So the more carbon and they all-Oh, the more life. Exactly, there’s more life in the soil. More diversity and more life. You really connected a dot for me because I’m like, it’s been so abstract, like carbon in the soil. I’m like, okay, but it really it’s because of the microbes. The population of the microbes, yes.

And it seems like what we’ve got going on right now with conventional agriculture

With the chemicals, is we’re just masking a very dead soil. That’s correct. So back to this argument of sequestering 100% of our co two emissions. How is that even possible? Well, Rodale looked at several farmlands and grazing studies that showed a significant increase in soil carbon after the adoption of regenerative agriculture.

Based on those results, they extrapolated that if global degraded farmland and grassland were restored through regenerative agriculture, global soils could drawdown over 49 gigatons of CO2, which is more than the approximate 37 gigatons of CO2 released globally each year.

However, critics of the white paper claim that 100% carbon sequestration in our soils is overstated. And that 10 to 15% sequestration is more likely and still optimistic. Regardless, I still think there are serious benefits to regenerative agriculture, including preventing chemical runoff, creating more nutritious foods, improving animal welfare, and improving resilience against climate change.

Soil with higher levels of carbon has a higher water holding capacity, which helps farms survive times of flooding and drought. So here’s what you can do to support regenerative agriculture. First, vote with your dollar and look for this newly released regenerative organic certification, which is beginning to show up on products in stores.

But research has shown that

If you can’t find them in your local store, you can shop at regeneorganic.org. Also in February of 2020 U.S. legislatures introduced the Agriculture Resilience Act to Congress, which includes incentives for farmers to improve soil health and an increase in soil carbon research. Reach out to your house representative to express your support.

Finally, the more people that know about regenerative agriculture, the better. So share this video with your friends. That’s all for this episode. Thank you so much for watching and we’ll see you next time. Bye. Thank you so much. This has been an awesome, awesome tour. It’s been my pleasure. Really feel I got a few light bulb moments there.

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