Guest: Dr. Andrew Harley, President, Researcher and Author, Ascension Soil Company (ASC)
The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks®.
EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet® global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks®, while creating The Emerald Mall® to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings.
WELCOME to join in this world-wide movement by watching The EmeraldPlanet TV® programs, participating in planning for and joining in various The Emerald Mini-Treks®, and linking your “best practices” to those in need on The Emerald Mall®. MANY BEST WISHES as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock
Our featured guests are:
- Show ‘1’: Dr. Andrew Harley, President, Researcher and Author, Ascension Soil Company (ASC), Theme: “Rejuvenation of Land, Water and Air Quality Using Biochar:
- Show ‘2’: Dr. Andrew Harley, President, Researcher and Author, Ascension Soil Company (ASC), Theme: “Rejuvenation of Agricultural Land Using Biomineral Root Stimulator”
- Show ‘3’: Dr. Andrew Harley, President, Researcher and Author, Ascension Soil Company (ASC), Theme: “Rejuvenation of Mine Waste Using Biochar and Biomineral Root Stimulation”
- Show ‘4’: Dr. Andrew Harley, President, Researcher and Author, Ascension Soil Company (ASC), Theme: “Rejuvenation of Communities”
Ascension Soil Company was created by Dr. Andrew Harley in 2002, borne out my academic and personal research into methods, techniques and philosophies that helped bring life back to infertile and poorly producing soils, regardless of their land use. In 1996 I was deeply influenced by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird’s alternative remedies for restoring soils Secrets of the Soil. With an undergraduate degree in earth sciences, including soils, I was immediately intrigued by one chapter in particular – Chapter 15, “Dust for Life” – which went on to describe the process of remineralization: adding ground rock to soils to improve soil quality and nutrition. As a result, I completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia combining mineralogy and geochemistry and producing a thesis on The Evaluation and Improvement of Silicate Mineral Fertilizers.
Since graduating in 2002, I have spent a lot of my time consulting for resource companies around the globe, with the objective of more effectively removing our resources from the ground while improving ecosystem services at the end of operations. Unfortunately I have come to the conclusion that while this is technically feasible, the corporate model will not place the importance of ecosystem services mediated through the soil on equal parity with resource services – extraction will always overpower the ecosystem.
Through this time, I also came to the conclusion that agriculture is organized the same way as resource extraction and has actually created a greater impact to our landscape than resource extraction. Additionally, while the Green Revolution saved millions of people from starvation, an unforeseen consequence is the increase in micronutrient malnutrition. While much work has been done to develop the marriage of nutrition and agriculture, these two disciplines view hunger differently – nutritionists look it as a nutrition problem while the agriculture community look at is a yield problem. Our work aims to improve the link between quantity (yield) and quality (nutrition value, especially minerals and their role in both plant and animal health).
Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock, Executive Producer, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV®
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