Save the peat-bogs from over-exploitation and reduce the load on the land-fills with the use of coconut coir peat (coco peat) and coir products.
The need to save the peat bogs
- The historical record preserved in peat gives important evidence as they are sensitive indicators and archives of climate, environmental and landscape changes.
- Peat wetlands are rich in carbon, which is locked. When peat is extracted and used for horticulture or as fuel, CO2 is released which accelerates global warming.
- Peat wetlands are natural filters. They provide supplies of clean water that support game fish and other rare invertebrates. They also provide reliable water supply to rivers. Destruction of peat wetlands may lead to droughts.
- In peat bogs, species of plants, insects, fish & birds have evolved with useful features such as nitrogen fixation and protein digestion. These species may face extinction if the peat wetlands are destroyed.
- Peat bogs are diminishing. In North America, the more common “oceanic raised mires” is found just in a narrow fringe along the east coast. So there is an imperative need to conserve them.
Coco-peat/pith are a viable alternative to peat
It is a 100% organic growing medium that:
- Retains moisture because of its loose and porous molecular structure & allows better aeration around roots, thus reducing watering frequency.
- Has a capacity to retain higher levels of oxygen.
- Enhances the nutrient carrying capacity of the plants.
- Resists mold & fungal infections thus preventing root infections.
- Promotes growth of beneficial microbes
- Decomposes slowly, thus saving costs on replacement.
Fairly inexpensive, readily available & easy to use.
Provides a sustainable and environmentally sound farming practice.
Prevents the coco-peat going into landfills.