Worldwide population is growing at a rate that outpaces current food production. Industry has developed technologies and is using practices to increase food production capabilities that are having a devastating effect on the land, rivers, streams, lakes and the oceans where the food is grown. Surface water and aquifers are being polluted by chemical leachates and these chemical poisons have entered the food chain and are found at unacceptable levels.
It can be said that >50% of all pollution on the planet and >25% of GHG emissions can be attributed to agriculture industry and the production of chemical technologies used in the industry. These current “conventional” food production practices are unsustainable. The land has lost natural microbiological equilibrium and grows nothing without the use of polluting synthetic fertilizer, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides being injected into and onto it, like a junky needing a fix. The soil has been degraded, the organic matter has been depleted and the ability to sequester carbon and its fertility have been lost, thereby causing desertification and when combined with deforestation, can be attributed as the largest causes of pollution and climate change due to human impact.
“The loss of the world’s fertile soil and biodiversity, along with the loss of indigenous seeds and knowledge, poses a mortal threat to our future survival. According to soil scientists, at current rates of soil destruction (i.e. de-carbonization, erosion, desertification, chemical pollution), within 50 years we will not only suffer serious damage to public health due to a qualitatively degraded food supply characterized by diminished nutrition and loss of important trace minerals, but we will literally no longer have enough arable topsoil to feed ourselves. Without protecting and regenerating the soil on our four billion acres of cultivated farmland, 14 billion acres of pasture and rangeland, and 10 billion acres of forest land, it will be impossible to feed the world, keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, or halt the loss of biodiversity.” Regeneration International
You have to wonder how we human animals can get the natural full balance of nutrition we need from eating food grown only with NPK, herbicides, fungicides and pesticides and not from the full complement of minerals and nutrients found in the Garden’s natural soils. This imbalance of nutrition does not allow our human immune systems the strength needed to combat disease and has led to the increase of prevalent diseases, like Cancer.
The oceans have been purged of fish stocks and polluted beyond capacity. How can we expect to have sustainable ocean fish stocks when we pillage the habitat in which they grow and pollute what is left with our toxic waste of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers, organic matter from intensive livestock production and more contaminates that bleed from the land into the rivers, to end up in the ocean where now thousands of square kilometers surrounding major river estuaries around the globe are dead zones. The unsustainable food production systems and “conventional” agricultural practices are creating disasters yet unseen and are contaminating our planet leading to destruction of the Garden.
These Paradigms Must Change!
It has been said, that with the introduction of 2% organic matter to the agricultural land globally the entire human GHG emissions would be sequestered and the human effect on Climate Change would be mitigated. To do this will take a total “disruption” of the status quo in global agriculture supported by legislation to defend the rights of Environment.
Economically viable alternatives must be demonstrated with the resources, education and support available for growers to implement permaculture and regenerative agriculture techniques that work with and mimic nature to regenerate the natural microbial equilibrium in soil.
The GEOPONIX regenerative agriculture programs are soil-centric and will preclude the use of synthetic chemicals of any kind in agriculture completely displacing and disrupting the unsustainable ‘conventional’ agri-business models, without government intervention. The programs will produce an abundance of locally grown organic food, restore biodiversity, reduce pollution and provide farmers with the practical alternative and impetus to change. The natural capital agri-business model changes the way we grow food while regenerating the most valuable and vital natural capital resource, the soil.
“When we regenerate the Natural Soil, we will regenerate Society” Keeper of the Garden