In soil science, mineralization is the decomposition (oxidation) of the chemical compounds in organic matter. The nutrients in those compounds are released in soluble inorganic forms that may be available to plants. When soil is properly mineralized, what we call a full “gas tank” of minerals, plants are optimized and grow strong, fast and pest resistant. Optimized mineralization depends heavily upon the diverse community of microbes that are present in the soil, the organic matter fraction, which in turn directly affects the rate of photosynthesis and the plant’s ability to store carbon in its tissues. Regenerating soil microbes and minerals allows us to benefit directly from food that is carbon-rich, light-filled and therefore nutrient dense, increasing human health and resilience and mitigating climate change at the same time.
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