Soil degradation is linked to conventional agriculture
Our most urgent problem as humanity besides "Global Warming", is "Soil Degradation". What is the cause and How can we revert it?
We still have a chance to save our planet. But we need to take responsibility for our decisions. Don't delegate this critical job of protecting our world, to someone else.
Start today, start at home, start from you.
"Conventional agriculture is destroying the topsoil. Making it incapable of growing plants. Which is now, one of the most urgent problem we are facing!"
Besides the alarming fact that, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a United Nations (UN) agency, the central problem of humanity is not global warming or extinction of species. The main problem we have is the degradation of our soil. Conventional agriculture is destroying the topsoil. If this continues, there won't be enough fertile soil left to feed a growing world population. They also provide these numbers:
- We lose 12 million hectares of topsoil every year.
- 25% of the earth's surface has already become degraded, which could feed 1.5 billion people.
The UN FAO estimated in 2015 that we have about 60 years of harvests left. And then? The world's farmable topsoil remaining could be lost by 2075 if degradation of the soil continues.
And considering the topsoil is the layer of soil with the highest concentration of nutrients, organic matter, and microorganisms vital to growing healthy plants. Houston, we have a problem!
Have you wondered, for how long will our planet be able to resist our lousy treatment? What kind of earth are we leaving for our kids to live? And finally, the critical question! What can we do to revert what we have been doing wrong for so long?
We need to be aware now that every choice we make has an impact on our environment. That ends up affecting back us ultimately. And our upcoming generations, our kids, the kids of our kids, these special people we love the most. Does it worth the change? The change urges! We are the change, for you, for your kids, for the human race.
Let's start simple. Let's start today!
How conventional agriculture affect us?
- If we are poisoning the primary producers, the plants, we are poisoning the rest of the food chain too! Which includes us.
- If we are polluting the water and the air by using conventional agriculture, we are contaminating every living organism too! Which also includes us.
- If, by continuing using traditional agriculture, we are leaving the soil infertile. It won't be able to grow any more plants, and without the producers, how will life be possible on this planet?
- The excellent news is that we can solve it! But we need to start now!
WHY CHANGING TO CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMING IS THE BEST START TO REVERT THE GIVEN ENVIRONMENTAL SITUATION?
By choosing certified organic products, you are choosing certified organic agriculture. And why is it so important?
1) The mantra of organic farming is to "feed the soil, which will feed the plant in return." The plants are the primary producers, the beginning of the food chain, and the only living organism capable of producing the nutrients they need to grow. The other microorganisms called the consumers, us, eat the plants, direct or indirectly, taking in their nutrients because consumers are not capable of producing the nutrient they need to live.
2) Also, in agriculture are involved the main elements that make life possible on this planet: Water, air, soil, and the sun's light. If we make agriculture sustainable, we will be taking care of these vital elements, which through the conventional agricultural system, are being polluted, poisoned, and destroyed.
Choose Certified Organic Agriculture over conventional agriculture. For nutritious soil, clean water, pure air, and for a healthy life!
Researches have shown that while traditional systems erode and deplete the soil, organic farming improves soil quality over time.
Consequences of both agricultural methods on the land, water, and Air:
- Conventional agriculture is destroying the topsoil. Making it incapable of growing plants!
- According to The Rodale Institute: "Organic farming: Produce healthy and resilient soil that can support abundant life both below and above ground, making organic farming a powerful tool for soil conservation.
- Healthy soil allows plants to grow to their maximum productivity without disease or pests and no need for toxic chemical supplements.
- Healthy soil contains aggregates that help it bind together, preventing erosion and runoff. It can hold more water, so plants fare better in drought. It contains bacteria that produce natural antibiotics that help plants resist disease and fungi that assist plants in absorbing water and nutrients. And healthy soil also contains more minerals and nutrients. Together, these bacteria and fungi are known as "organic matter." The more organic matter in a sample of soil, the healthier that ground is". Research conducted at the Rodale Institute has shown that organic farming systems increase natural soil matter and soil health over time.
- Organic agriculture does entirely without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The use of genetically modified seeds that contained them inside is banned. The organic farming system cultivates crop in rotation with other plants and use fertilizers made with compost, which preserves and even increases the soil's fertility. A lot of adverse effects on the environment and on people's health that result from conventional agriculture production do not occur with organic production.
- Using conventional agriculture, you can find contaminants in water resources.
- Fertilizers and pesticides don't remain on the landscape where they are applied; runoff and infiltration transport these contaminants into local streams, rivers, and groundwater. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), "Across United States, they found at least one pesticide in about 94 percent of water samples and more than 90 percent of fish samples taken from streams across the Nation".
- Organic farming doesn't flow toxic chemicals into waterways.
- Conventional agriculture plays a role in air pollution.
- The problem is that plants absorb only half of fertilizers and pesticides. The rest end up in the atmosphere, soil, and water, polluting the land, air, and rivers, damaging aquatic biodiversity. The accumulation of pollutants in the ground reduces agricultural production and encourages farmers to be more dependent on nitrogen fertilizers.
- The excessive use of nitrogen pollutes the water and the air, depleting the soil's nutrients, death of fish and aquatic organisms, and contamination of drinking water. And the vicious cycle continues.
- Organic farming, on the other hand:
- Release 40% fewer carbon emissions.
- Don't release toxic chemicals particles in the soil, the air or the water
Babytom chooses fertile soil, clean water, and pure air. Babytom decided to produce healthy, GOTS Certified Organic Pima clothes for Newborn Babies and the environment. What is your choice?