Farmers and children from all over Australia and New Zealand are participating in the “Soil Your Underwear” campaign. They buried their underwear. They do this so that they can check if the ground is still intact. The panties that are digested after two months are in healthy soil.
On the ocean continent, a movement emerged organized to bury their underwear. Several hundred farmers and children hide their underwear and T-shirts under the surface for eight weeks. This “challenge your soil to indoor beings” originated in the United States, but is now gaining popularity in New Zealand and especially Australia.
Farmers are burying 100% #Cotton Underwear for eight weeks to check soil health.
– evokeAG (evokeAG) April 26, 2021
The idea behind the campaign is that the underwear shows how healthy the soil is. Cotton underwear is made of cellulose. Although this is sugar, it is not recommended as a dessert. But for microbes, and especially bacteria, a cotton swab is a real treat. So if the underwear remains completely intact after eight weeks of burial, that means unhealthy soil and bacteria are missing.
Farmers are testing their soil
Oliver Knox teaches environmental and rural sciences at the University of New England in Eastern Australia and is the driving force behind the project. Encourage farmers to start this project. This way it is very easy for farmers to know if they need to do something about their land. “It gets farmers to think about their land and it’s a great way to bring farmland to people,” said Knox. Al Jazeera.
Additionally, the campaign targets children as well. Michael Cox, who works on the Soil Your Undies campaign, explains: “Children and their teachers are eager to learn about the soil they walk on, but like many others, they know very little about it.” Currently, the Education Program in Australia is piloting six schools, but that number will double this summer. From next year, the organization hopes to educate children about Earth on a national scale.
Buried Shorts around the world
The campaign is not just spreading to Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Similar projects have also begun in Flemish Hainaut, where residents are required to take an underground slip test. In this case to see how healthy the soil of the nearby natural park is. In addition, a large-scale trial will be conducted with thousands of participants in Switzerland next month. With this, the Swiss are also investigating funeral underpants about how Swiss soil is performing.
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