What is “seed bombing”?

Seed bombing has helped countries like Japan to restore nature in a quick and easy way. So, what exactly are seed bombs and what do they do? Seed bombs are balls that consist of various seeds rolled up in clay balls that might also include humus, compost, cotton fibers and liquefied paper. Their diameters are normally 10mm to 80mm.

These balls were invented by Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese farmer. The bright idea of making seed bombs dawned upon him while he was thinking about maximizing the food production without damaging the land assigned to rice production. 

These bombs were first made in 1938 by Masanobu Fukuoka. These seed bombs were planned to be used in many projects that never came to life or just don’t operate anymore. Such as the Haitian Aerial Reforestation Project. But there are still projects that are going on Chardust Ltd project in Kenya and DroneSeed’s project. 

Uses of Seed Bombs

Seed bombs are used all over the world to replant forests and flowers efficiently. They are thrown out of baskets by hand to plant flowers in small areas but when the area increases, there is a demand for more efficient methods which result in these seed bombs being thrown out of drones of helicopters.

After these seed bombs are thrown out into the desired location they grow into plants on their own because of the clay ball they are rolled into. The rate of success can be increased by adding additional materials like compost to the bombs.

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