J500 Media and the Environment

Earth’s Green Thumb by alyv

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.

Contour Plowing

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.

Agroecology means terracing crop fields. It means contour plowing and strip farming. It means reduced tillage and natural mulch.

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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It’s true that we should head in that direction, but I was talking to one of my co-workers this week and his uncle grows round-up ready corn and soy beans and all the chemicals and all the plowing nets him tons of money so he has no intention of being greener. Unfortunately working with nature can often go by the wayside when there are big profits to be made.

Comment by meganr21

While it’s definitely true that profit drives pretty much every business (unless you’re a nonprofit … duh), I wish people would see that by over harvesting and using too many unnatural chemicals, they are degrading the soil and will actually lose billions of dollars in the future.

If more people were forward-thinkers, maybe we wouldn’t have gotten ourselves into this mess in the first place.

Comment by alyv

This problem goes back to the age-old short term vs. long term. Unfortunately, right now I see the short term is willing out, but when the “long term” occurs, what will happen to us then?

Comment by Lauren Keith

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