Farmers and children across Australia and New Zealand take part in the “Soil Your Undies” campaign. They bury their underwear. They do this so that they can check whether the earth is still healthy. The pants digested after two months remained in healthy soil.
On the oceanic continent, a movement has emerged which is organized to bury their underwear. Several hundred farmers and children hide their underwear and shirts under the surface of the earth for eight weeks. This “Soil Your Undies Challenge” originated in the United States, but is now starting to gain popularity in New Zealand and especially in Australia.
Farmers bury 100% #cotton underwear for eight weeks to check the health of the soil.
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The idea behind the campaign is that the underwear shows how healthy the soil is. The cotton of the underwear is cellulose. Although it is a sugar, it is not recommended as a dessert. But for germs, especially bacteria, a piece of cotton wool is a real treat. So, if after eight weeks of burial, the underwear is still completely intact, it means that the soil is unsanitary and bacteria are absent.
Farmers test 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. He encouraged the farmers to start this project. And with this method, it is very easy for the farmers to see if they need to do anything for their land. “It makes farmers think about their land and it’s a wonderful way to make farmland available to people,” Knox said. Al Jazeera.
In addition, the campaign is also aimed at children. Michelle Cox, who works for the Soil Your Undies campaign, explains: “Children and their teachers are eager to know the ground they are walking on, but like many others, they know very little.” For now, the education program in Australia is a pilot for six schools, but that number will double this summer. Starting next year, the organization hopes to teach children about land nationwide.
Underwear buried in the world
The campaign is not only spreading to Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Also from Flemish Hainaut similar projects, asking residents to do an underground slide test. In this case, see how healthy the soil in the nearby nature park is. In addition, it will take place next month a large-scale experiment with thousands of participants in Switzerland. With this, the Swiss also study with funeral underwear how the Swiss soil is doing.
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