Farming Practices

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Farming Practices

A Time To Return to Organic Practices

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As forests and rainforest areas are depleting due to the need for agricultural lands to feed us, we need to rethink how we are using what arable lands we have in better ways.

 


 

Mid-18 Century brought steam engines, railways, and mechanized agriculture to how we produce our food, then in the 19 Century, electrical grids, assembly lines, and mass production. There has been a reduction in farm labour, from 90% to 2% says Laxmi Prasad Pant, Adjunct Professor, Associate Graduate Faculty, University of Guelph, Canada. Now, the possibilities exist to grow more food by gene-edited plants and animals, yeast-brewed milk, vegan cheese, and lab-grown meat.

 


 

Is this latter phase what we are inclined toward? It appears that what is wanted is more sustainable, organic choices. China leads in this end, followed by Australia and Argentina.

 


 

We are going back to traditional farming methods due to the decimation of forests, extinction and reduction in wildlife species and overuse of synthetic fertilizer and pesticides leading to soil contamination, algae blooms, and increased greenhouse gas emissions says Steffanie Scott, Professor of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo.

In China, organic farmers are going back to earthworms to improve the soil and reducing the use of pesticides. Certified organic growing has increased 5 fold from 2005 to 2018.

In countries where little conservation control and with the increase in farmland requirements, large intensive monoculture farming have a severe adverse impact on the forests, grasslands, and wildlife species. According to Laura Kehoe, Research in Conservation Decision Science and Land Use, University of Victoria, this has made 1/3 of the wildlife there extinct.

 


 

A timely conversation is needed, rather than trying to repair the damage later, of overuse of arable lands in countries such as Suriname, Guyana, and the Republic of the Congo, as well as countries in Latin America.

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It will be necessary for humanity to eat less beef, as it takes 25 kilograms of grain to produce one kilogram of beef. With chicken, the ratio is 3:1, which makes it a better alternative. But, with a change of diet to a vegan one, the populations can be fed easily with less damage to lands, and to animal species.

With the growth of the human species and the destruction that it makes of the planet, it is worth considering what we can do to moderate this process and make better choices.

 


 

 


Submitted: June 17, 2020

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