Filed under: Society + Media | Tags: agroecology, eutrophication, fertilizers, green revolution, hunger, monoculture, pesticides, sustainable, sustainable farming
The first green revolution grew out of the never-ending need to feed the increasingly ridiculous amount of people on the earth.
The green revolution of the 1950s ushered in a new age of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, genetically modified organisms and monoculture farms expected to increase crop yields.
The list of problems caused by this mad rush for food – soil erosion, eutrophication, salinization – has left the earth’s soil, and most ecosystems, virtually beyond repair, and millions of undernourished people.
The acreage of arable land across the world continues to dwindle, leaving some experts to predict the amount of acreage left for each person to be smaller than the size of a quarter-acre suburban lot (which is really alarming if it takes four worlds to sustain you like it does me).
Well, the first green revolution has had enough time to destroy the planet’s ecosystems, and I say it’s high time for the new era of Green revolutionists to show them how growing food is really done.
In a word: agroecology. Agroecology plants the sciences of agriculture and ecology in the same field, where they grow off each other’s knowledge to yield the best – and most – food in a sustainable way.
It’s a new way of planting, watering, growing, harvesting that yields far more (up to eight-fold) than fertilizers and pesticides, and helps humans work with nature, rather than bending it to our insatiable will.
Chemical fertilizers and pesticides have had their chance. Let’s remove the grime from our Mother Earth and let her show us what she can really do – on her own.
These concepts don’t have to be hard to understand, and it really is easy for everybody to be an “Everyday Environmental Hero.”
Thanks to the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point for the photo.
Thanks you You Tube for the video.
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