Lydia Bourguignon is a nutritionist and Claude Bourguignon is an agricultural engineer and microbiologist.

In the 1970s they were among the first people to sound the alarm about the degradation of biomass and the loss of diversity of microorganisms in Europe’s soil that was caused by intensive and inadequate use of pesticides and industrial fertilizer and that led to massive loss of humus and productivity in agricultural land.

Today around 90% of biological soil activity in Europe has been lost. This depletion affects the whole world.

After quitting France’s National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) in 1990 because they no longer agreed with its focus, the Bourguignons set up the LAMS research laboratory for microbiological soil analysis.

There they offer alternative methods of restoring dead soil and of sustainable farming.

ON MICROBIOLOGICAL RESTORATION OF DESTROYED AGRICULTURAL SOIL

Answers by LYDIA & CLAUDE BOURGUIGNON

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