As people and governments battle the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are again reminded of how nature can wipe out everything humanity thinks it has built. But also, these past few weeks have been a demonstration of how people can work together for the common good. Backtrack about six months ago, and if we believe the news, this pandemic started because people are innately insatiable about exploiting nature. That’s the way it has been for organic farming all this time. That’s the way this pandemic started. People can’t get their hands off nature and the environment.
But it’s time to rethink how we are exploiting the environment. It’s time to realize that whatever we do to the environment comes back to us a hundredfold. Today, people are seeing the benefits of regenerative agriculture. It is a form of agriculture that improves the soil’s organic matter and restores the soil’s biodiversity. It does that by pulling carbon from the atmosphere and sequestering it in the ground. With regenerative agriculture, farmers don’t only prevent harm to the environment, but they actually improve the soil on which they plant the seeds for crops.
Why is this important? Experts believe that in 50 years, we will not only suffer from serious public health problems, but also from the degraded quality of food supply. Why is that? Our farmers will no longer be able to produce healthy and nutritious food because of the current rates by which we destroy the soil. Over the last five decades, the soil suffered from decarbonization, erosion, desertification, and chemical pollution. This is because the soil has lost its nutritional characteristics and important trace minerals.
Do you know that it takes about 1,000 years to generate one inch of topsoil? Yes, the same topsoil in organic farming that’s responsible for 95% of all food consumption. This is where plants, crops, vegetables, and fruits draw the important nutrients and minerals they need to grow. But people have been abusing the soil for decades. It takes humans no time to destroy the environment with their use of chemical fertilizers and other harmful substances to produce more yield.
Soil scientists said that we have already lost one-third of the world’s topsoil and by 2075, the quality of the remaining topsoil will be completely lost. Unless, of course, we do something about it. Regenerative agriculture and organic farming must work hand in hand to reverse the downtrend of the quality of topsoil we have in our farms.