We've Got CHALLENGES Ahead
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” ~ Wendell Barry
By the year 2050, our world population is expected to top 9 billion people. In order to feed that population, agriculture will need to improve production (a.k.a. yields) by 70% (2).
Compounding this problem, more and more of our soils are becoming unhealthy. We’re losing topsoil at 10-40 times the rate that it can be replenished (3). Current global crop production has plateaued (4).
As a result, food security is a growing problem. When considering food production, it is not just a question of “How much?” We must also consider how we produce it.
The excess reliance on synthetic NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium) has poisoned our water, polluted our air, and sterilized our soil.
- We have increasing levels of nitrates in our drinking water.
- Some lakes and waterways are now totally devoid of life as a result of harmful runoff.
- Nitrous oxide emitting from over-fertilized fields is a greenhouse gas 200 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
- Thousands of hectares of once fertile soil teeming with microorganisms and earthworms are now sterile and dependent on ever increasing doses of artificial chemicals to produce anything.
These are just a few of the factors that play into our soil dilemma. The challenge is daunting. But rest assured, we’ve got big ideas to help alleviate or solve some of these complex problems. We need dedicated, passionate people to join our community of helpers and givers.
HOW CAN YOU BE A PART?
It’s easy! These are all actions that will help:
- Donate to support The Earth Restoration Foundation.
- Share your story with our community.
- Share this page with your friends to spread awareness.
- Talk about the issue of degraded soils with friends, classmates, business associates and family members.
- Learn where your food comes from, how it’s grown and what practices your farmers use to replenish their soil.
3 – D Pimentel. Cornell University. (2006) Soil Erosion: A Food and Environmental Threat.
4 – J Lucas. Thompson-Rueters Foundation. (2013) World Food Security At Risk As Crop Yields Plateau.