is a project in which any one of us can take part. The project demonstrates in a simple manner what needs to change if we are to remedy the current development, mitigate negative climatic phenomena and begin to refill empty wells with water.
In healthy, happy soil, billions of soil organisms take care of water retention and thus establish a favourable climate. This life in soil has been drastically disrupted in the name of our ever-increasing yields and ever-cheaper agricultural production.
By modifying our consumer behaviour and caring for soil directly can we decide whether life in soil will be preserved there where it has survived and restored elsewhere.
What can I do to replenish water in the landscape?
With guidance from research institutions and in cooperation with certification authorities and active farmers, we are establishing a set of rules which, when observed, will allow farmers to designate soil with the label HAPPY SOIL. The rules are based on existing regulations valid for ecological agriculture. For ecological farmers, the obtention of HAPPY SOIL certification will therefore be simple and straightforward. For conventional farmers, the rules will constitute practical guidance as to how to improve the quality and water-retention capacity of arable soil. The certification will also offer them the opportunity to distinguish their produce and therefore to get better value for it on the market. We welcome the participation of any subject which can bring interesting observations and suggestions or is interested in HAPPY SOIL certification. If you wish to link with us, please contact us by email.
We further aim to spread the certification, which we are going to pilot in cooperation with German partners, into other EU states through agricultural organizations and, eventually, to push to implement it as an EU certification across the Union. We are going to engage agricultural organizations and invite them into the consultation process concerning the certification already in the course of the project so that the subsequent spreading of the certification into other EU states is well prepared.