The ScienceMicroorganisms, the source of all life on earth, are being destroyed by modern agricultural methods. A scientific revolution is underway, reintroducing essential microbes and restoring soils
A quiet revolution
Over the last 20 years, a quiet revolution has been taking place in laboratories, research institutes and innovative farming communities.
Just as our growing understanding of the human microbiome is revolutionising medicine, the same is happening in agriculture.
Scientists around the world are studying the power of natural microorganisms to improve soil health, reduce erosion and groundwater contamination, and increase plant yields and resistance to pathogens.
The power of microbes
Overuse of pesticides, chemical fertilisers and antibiotics has tipped our environment out of balance. Now microbial preparations made easily from natural ingredients can restore diversity of microorganisms to the soil.
A ‘serum’ rich in lactobacillus and other beneficial microbes can be made from composted vegetable matter, food waste, animal droppings, molasses, milk and rice. This increases humus formation and reduces erosion.
It can be used to enrich seeds before planting as well as soil enhancement and leads to more vital and resistant plants, rich in nutrients. It can also be sprayed on plants to keep diseases and insects at bay – and even to clean latrines.
A solution to help communities thrive
Lifeworks has developed programmes of training and related support around preparing lactobacillus serum and a range of other microbial mixes for improving agriculture.
This approach is sustainable and effective. Microbial technology is free and something that every farmer and every community can benefit from.
In communities supported by Lifeworks, we see the impact ripple out as farmers train other farmers, and increased yields first change the lives of individual families and then transform whole communities.
After our trainings in microbial technology farmers report an increase in crop yield of between 50% and 150%. Recent research shows soil microbes help make plants more resistant to aggressive diseases.
Seed germination rates also improve – and chemical fertiliser use falls. Livestock farmers see improved animal health, reduced veterinary costs and mortality, and higher prices.
In this video, Paul Manweiler, founder of Lifeworks Global, introduces microbial science and describes the vision that drives his work.
He outlines how the application of this technology can revolutionise agriculture: restoring soil health, producing richer yields of high-quality food and building resilience to climate change
In harmony with the microbial world
This video details how and why microbial balancing technologies offer a healthy, natural and highly-effective alternative to chemicals.
It describes the natural intelligence of microorganisms working together that can restore the health of any physical environment.
A planet-saving solution
In this video, farmers and soil scientists from Australia talk about moving from ‘extraction’ farming that takes the goodness from the soil, to a model that is sustainable. The result is soil that is alive, rich in minerals and nutrient dense that could save the planet.