CHEMICAL SOIL TOXINS
When concentrations of toxic metals exceed guidance levels, or in the presence of even low-levels of synthetic chemicals such as DDT or dioxin, microorganisms vital to soil health may die off. Additionally, toxins in the soil can contaminate groundwater and surface water. Removing contaminants is costly and time consuming. In Europe alone, the cost of treating toxic soils surpasses $6 billion dollars each year. The problem of soil toxicity is a problem for the developed and developing countries. According to estimates from Chinese scientists, between 8% and 20% of China’s arable land or some 25 to 60 million acres may now be contaminated with heavy metals. In Europe, the number of polluted sites is expected to increase 50% by 2025. A plan for action is necessary to address the proliferation and management of contaminants.
At The Earth Restoration Foundation, we want to apply our research and science to reduce or eliminate certain toxins from damaged soils. As a result, we believe we can help these areas slow or reverse these negative trends and help degraded soils become viable again.