Globally, an estimated two billion people suffer from a chronic deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals (micronutrients), a condition known as hidden hunger. Presently the global agricultural supply is threatened and a lot more people are going to suffer from lack of vitamins. We urgently need new ways to grow more healthy foods.
Masanobu Fukuoka used airplanes:
His invention the SeedBall (Poussboul in French), is a clay and compost pellet, with several seeds.
SeedBalls facilitates gardening and Urban Farming, and can help 500 million small farmers grow Organic. But currently there is no inexpensive and easy to use, tool to make SeedBalls.
Designing a method for making SeedBalls begins by trying out several mixtures of different types of composts and clay. There are many recipes on the internet, which vary in effectiveness.
For a recipe to be effective with a Seedballs making tool, ingredients proportions can be different from a recipes to make them by hand. In particular, the mixture of clay and compost should not be too sticky. We found that by adding Biochar (a charcoal that is good for soil life), the mixture become much less sticky.
There are so many possibilities for making SeedBalls that the process of finding a simple, inexpensive tool requires trying all kinds of ideas. Each prototype has allowed us to better understand the small details that will be important when you use the tool.
We are in the final phase, which consists of optimizing the Seedball tool design and finding a way to mass produce it.
Masanobu Fukuoka spent over 50 years on his farm perfecting his natural farming method. Towards the end of his life he used airplanes to launch SeedBalls of trees and food plants. He dreamed of planting Food Forests, all over the Planet.
Some scientists calculated that there is enough room on this Planet to plant 1 200 billion trees, and that they could absorb more carbon than humans emit.
With SeedBalls 1 drone can plant 40,000 trees per day. Several companies have ambitious plans to use drones to plant billions of trees. But instead of having a few big companies controlling plantation, Seedballs tools offers the possibility, to both gardeners and small farmers, to take their future in their own hands.
Food Forests are resistant to Climate Change. Their ecosystem withstand diseases, insects and climatic disasters, far better than petrochemical farming. And growing Food Forests requires much less work and machinery, and no toxic products. SeedBalls are ideal for planting Food Forests.
n 2018, there were 35.7 million hectares of Certified Organic land used for harvesting wild plants and for beekeeping. One third of the 107.3 million hectares of Certified Organic land in the world is used to harvest fruits, nuts, spices, medicinal plants... Really Natural. Superfoods and wild medicinal plants are a growing market, which can benefit many farmers. With the COVID epidemic, people are increasingly looking for natural solutions. Using SeedBalls to plant Food Forests is an exponential growth opportunity for Organic.
Since their invention, hundreds of millions of SeedBalls have been planted. We learned how to garden and plant with this method. New Seedball Startups are popping up all over the world.
SeedBalls are the easiest way to plant seeds almost anywhere. And they fertilize at the same time because we make them with very good compost and Organic fertilizer. We tested them in laboratory, alleys, flower pots and fields. Used in the right place at the right time, Seedballs give big harvests. When planting it is best to push them lightly into the earth, without burying them completely. Most of the time it is essential to do at least one weeding. Watering can help if there is not enough rain.
Use SeedBalls to become a Super Hero against Climate Change and Junk Food