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robBob 16.06.2019 17:08

Switzerland want your undies
 
This Wednesday Switzerland requests that everyone bury their underwear!

https://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/st...raben-30658358

No joke!

omtatsat 16.06.2019 17:33

Re: Switzerland want your undies
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by robBob (Post 3076105)
This Wednesday Switzerland requests that everyone bury their underwear!

https://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/st...raben-30658358

No joke!

Peeewwwwwhhh! What a stink!

Ace1 16.06.2019 17:42

Re: Switzerland want your undies
 
And in English please?:msnmad:

I recall seeing something on TV recently where burying cotton garments was used as a rough and ready measure of the fertility of the soil. Is this what it's about?

Yes, life's too short to google translate and then work out the real meaning.

Blueangel 16.06.2019 18:02

Re: Switzerland want your undies
 
"It's an unusual request from the Federal Research Institute Agroscope: On Wednesday, 19 June 2019, the Swiss are to bury cotton underpants in the ground for the "Day of Underground Life". After two months, the underpants should be shovelled out again, says Agroscope. The more rotten the underpants are, the more active the soil creatures have been and the healthier the soil is, writes the research institute on its website.

The event is part of a research project by Agroscope and ETH Zurich. So-called cotton squares will be buried on different fields with different farming systems on this day. For the researchers, the central question is whether the degree of rotting is related to the diversity of species in the soil. Parallel to the research project, the population is to bury their own cotton underpants on the Agroscope field in Zurich - in line with the international #SoilYourUndies campaign.

"A living organism"

The more isopods, earthworms, fungi, bacteria and springtails are in the soil, the better? "You could say that," says Marcel van der Heijden of Agroscope. Under our feet there is an enormous variety of living organisms, fungi and bacteria that do an extremely important job, says the researcher. "It is estimated that around 25 percent of all biodiversity lives underground," says van der Hejden. "This is not dead matter, but a gigantic living organism.

The aim of the underpants campaign is to sensitize the population to the need to treat the soil as considerately as possible. For example, it is advisable to use compost instead of mineral fertiliser in one's own garden. And for farmers, crop rotations and covering the soil in winter have a positive effect. Van der Heijden says: "The aim of the research will be to identify how farmers can work the soil so that it remains the basis for good yields for future generations".

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator"

Urs Max 16.06.2019 18:04

Re: Switzerland want your undies
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ace1 (Post 3076114)
I recall seeing something on TV recently where burying cotton garments was used as a rough and ready measure of the fertility of the soil. Is this what it's about?

Correct.

#SoilYourUndies

Village Idiot 16.06.2019 22:55

Re: Switzerland want your undies
 
Do they have no idea the value of used knickers on the Japanese market?! :eek:

KiwiSteve 17.06.2019 08:13

Re: Switzerland want your undies
 
Will they take into account skid marks when analyzing the results?


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