Whilst the benefits of SEER Rockdust are becoming more and more apparent, from a broader and broader range of applications, more scientific research is definitely needed.
2004 RESEARCH REVIEW:
This Review, entitled “Co-utilization of Rockdust, Minerals Fines and Rockdust” is still an important paper that summarises a lot of what we understand about Soil Remineralisation today.
SO MANY DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES:
One of the challenges is that a proper understanding of soil remineralisation will only come from the integration of a wide range of different scientific disciples. These include:
- Agriculture, Horticulture
- Biology, Zoology, Botany
- Chemistry, Biochemistry
MICRO-FAUNA OF THE SOIL:
A key point here is how little research has been made to date into the microfauna of the soil, ie everything from single celled micro-organisms to worms. Back in 350BC Aristotle called worms
the intestines of the soil and more recently in 1866 Darwin said of the earthworm
It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part as the lowly earthworm, in the history of the world….
Bringing us up to date, today’s scientists make such statements as
There are more living things in a tablespoon of soil than there are people on the earth. If you look under “Loss of Biodiversity” in the 2006 paper on the Scottish Government’s website entitled “Scotland’s Soil Resource” you will see the following statements:
The diversity of life (invertebrates and micro-organisms) in soils is vast and un-explored. Soil biodiversity is therefore a true scientific frontier.
SEER Rockdust and CLIMATE CHANGE:
The role that SEER Rockdust has to play in helping stabilise Climate Change has still to be realised. Carbon Sequestration potential, ie the ability of soil to absorb and hold more carbon, on a sustainable basis, is at the core of the Remineralize the Earth movement that first inspired the co-founders of SEER Rockdust, Cameron and Moira Thomson. In 2010 the Soil Association produced a paper entitled Soil Carbon and Organic Farming that complimented these ideas. Another paper on the Scottish Government’s website, entitled ECOSSE: Estimating Carbon in Organic Soils – Sequestration and Emissions tells us that whilst the organic soils of Scotland contain 2,735 million tonnes of carbon, the vegetation in the whole of the UK contains only 114 million tonnes of carbon. Our claim is that soil has potentially a far bigger role to play Carbon Sequestration than “planting a tree.”