Consumers are increasingly concerned about food safety, rising levels of food residues and environmental issues due to increasing concerns about their health. This rise in awareness has led them to prefer chemical-free food products. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have become more aware of healthy organic foods, which in turn has driven the need for biological inputs such as biofertilizers and biostimulants.
The simultaneous increasing use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in crop production causes many environmental and health problems. Soil structure and fertility loss are one of the main causes of soil degradation and are seen as a major threat to crop production and the food security of future generations.
Safe and environmentally friendly technologies could help in the sustainable restoration of degraded soils. Bacterial inocula can restore the fertility of degraded soil. These microorganisms increase the bioavailability of nutrients through nitrogen fixation and mobilization of the most important nutrients (phosphorus, potassium and iron) in the cultivated plants and optimize the soil structure by improving their aggregation and stability.
Farmers could replace their expensive nitrogen fertilizers with the leaching residue from ecological Bioleaching done by ekolive with heterotrophic microorganisms. Additionally, ekolive can biosolubilize humic acids from lignite which optimizes plant’s nutrient supply, promoting up to 70% increase in yield, accompanied by a reduction of up to 30% in the use of fertilizers and pesticides, leading to better and healthier growth of green grass, ornaments, agricultural crops and woods, furthermore increased water holding capacity of soils, substantially reducing the use of water.