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History of the Seed Bomb

kristen campbell

Seed Bombs originated as a ancient Japanese tradition called Tsuchi Dango, meaning ‘Earth Dumpling’. 

Seed bombs were reintroduced and revolutionized by Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese microbiologist and pioneer of natural farming. Who believed in sustainable agriculture, letting nature take its course over a plant, as in natural selection. He planted vegetable seed bombs, seed bombing riverbeds, roadsides and wastelands allowing the plants to grow up wild. 

He believed that "Mother Nature takes care of the seeds we sow and decides which crops to provide us with, like a process of natural selection, because ultimately nature decides what will grow and when germination will occur, be that in 7 days or several seasons away."

He traveled worldwide holding workshops educating farmers and sowing seeds. 

Seed bombs help to create vegetation in areas where it is absent or sparse due to the land being neglected. Seed bombs are wildly used in developing countries, benefiting from the "throw and grow" notion and where reforesting in crucial. 

  • Seed bombs are being used in India to significantly help with farming initiatives as well as reforestation efforts
  • In Mumbai a community of natural enthusiast called Friends For Reviving Our Green Earth (Ffroge) actively use seed bombs to reforest areas, stumbling on seed bombs when traditional methods failed to yield results. 
  • In Thailand, millions of trees are planted through areal reforestation. dropping seed bombs from airplanes or drones. Creating more success with half the work and cost of conventional planting. 
  • in Kenya through areal forestation the planted 20,000 tree seed bombs in 20 minutes. Pictured below is the result of seed bombs in Kenya (https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44044267)Small acacia tree seedlings growing in the earth

 

 

Seed bombs are an important tool or regenerating ecosystems but did you know that grasslands are the worlds most endangered and least protected ecosystem. "Wide scale destruction and fragmentation of habitat have had its impact on grassland species in Ontario, resulting in 22 plant species at risk designated both provincially and federally alone" (tallgrassontario.org)

Planting native wildflower species, "guerrilla gardening" in wastelands and abandon lots or on your own property to generate a grassland meadow can help improve the ecosystem and biodiversity decline. 

 

 

Resources:

One Straw Revolution and Sowing Seeds in The Desert by Masanobu Fukuoka,


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