Environmental Impact Club creates new remineralization committee

Photo courtesy of remineralize.org. Remineralization, which is the process of returning nutrients to soil, can increase the nutrient intake of plants and rebalance soil pH.

Avni Singh

Photo courtesy of remineralize.org. Remineralization, which is the process of returning nutrients to soil, can increase the nutrient intake of plants and rebalance soil pH.

Avni Singh, Staff Writer

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In February of the 2015-2016 school year, senior Ray Liu from the Environmental Impact Club (EIC) created a new committee that focuses on the topic of remineralization, the process of returning minerals to the soil in order to fertilize the soil. Liu’s purpose for creating the committee was to raise awareness about remineralization and its benefits.

“Earth currently faces a number of environmental problems, and we cannot take a healthy, sustainable future of our planet for granted,” Liu said. “I believe that with future research and publicity, remineralization can become a revolutionary solution to these problems.”

One benefit of remineralization is that it can be be used in conjunction with other procedures.

“The simple concept of remineralization can be easily integrated with other sustainable agriculture techniques such as composting, compost teas, vermiculture, biochar, permaculture, and other sustainable practices, and we can all contribute to the goal of creating and promoting food security worldwide,” rising senior Daniel Chen, co-founder of the committee, said.

The Remineralization committee has already worked with Remineralize the Earth (http://remineralize.org), a nonprofit organization that is the head in the advocation of remineralization.

“We plan to do volunteer work with Remineralize the Earth, an international nonprofit organization at the forefront of remineralization research and publicity,” Liu said. “We also plan to implement remineralization experiments in TJ’s new main greenhouse when it opens up next year.”

The committee also plans to work with the main greenhouse and two different labs at Jefferson.

“We are working on partnering with TJ’s Senior Research Laboratories to promote remineralization-related projects. Last year a group in the Chemical Analysis and Nanochemistry Senior Research Lab investigated remineralization as a possible antidote to Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees,” Chen said.

Students interested in joining the committee can attend EIC meetings every Wednesday B block. In the committee, students will have the opportunity to work with both the greenhouse and Remineralize the Earth.

“Students can do anything from helping with the greenhouse experiments to volunteering with Remineralize the Earth, in the form of a variety of activities that may include website design/development, social media, grant writing, fundraising, literature review, and scientific writing,” Liu said.

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