Hello friends, I want to take this opportunity to talk about something very close to my core beliefs. As many of you know, I grew up in the country. As a little girl one of my favorite pastimes was to make "food" out of soil. I had a complete pretend menu! Playing in the soil was truly a lot of fun and it is some of my fondest memories from childhood. Sadly, What it is happening to our soil is nothing to have fun with. I feel It is now more than ever that we must become aware of what is happening to our soil. Why? Soil degradation is both in quality and quantity a Global Problem. The implications are pretty massive. The balance of ecosystems, health, climate, food security, and economy are all on the line.
Soil is MUCH MORE than dirt. In fact, soil in itself is a living system. It is composed of a complexed and delicate world of organisms that play one of the most important roles in supporting our lives as a whole. Not only it supports the growth of plants that feed us , it recycles nutrients from decomposing plants, it processes recycled nutrients, it absorbs, holds, releases and purifies water, it sequesters Carbon, it modifies the atmosphere by absorbing and emitting gases.
Pretty important job I'd say. It is up to us to make sure that our soils keep are up to the task. How?
According to Regeneration International.org "Regenerative agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding organic soil matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity-resulting in both Carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle."
Why? Put quite simply: not only us, but the planet will die and soon! According to soil scientists, at the current rates of soil destruction we will suffer tremendous damage to public health, and we will no longer have enough arable top soil to feed ourselves within 50 years.
To get the full idea of what is happening and how incredible the transformation is from Industrial Farming to Regenerative Farming I suggest watching to powerful documentaries. The first one, The Biggest Little Farm, https://www.biggestlittlefarmmovie.com/
Kiss the Ground,
We all must do our part, and while most of us are not farmers, something we can do is support those small farms that are changing the way they treat the soil and the animals. Shop their products. The more we do that, the more we will be doing our part to change our world. Some of my favorites are:
https://www.butcherbox.com/ which is a subscription based farm.
https://greenfirefarmllc.com/ a local farm. Jacob the owner is one of the most dedicated individuals.
Our soil needs everyone of us but more importantly WE need our soil!
To your health,
regenerating the soil on our 4 billion acres of cultivated farmland, 8 billion acres of pastureland, 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.
describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate