Agriculture, soil health, food production and the foods we eat
We’ve come a long way since our ancestors began farming some 20,000
years ago, but some things have not changed as slash and burn
agriculture is still practised in remote places. The biggest change
over the past 100 years has been the move from farming to
agribusiness which is really industrial farming with the main
elements in productivity being the cash return to the farmer and
Today’s main agricultural practise that continues to decimate
forests, landscapes, soil quality and pollute waterways and oceans.
It is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, large volumes of
fertilisers that leach into waterways and poison the land. They are
also becoming more reliant on genetically modified crops to resist
the worsening environmental conditions of their own creation.
The most insidious outcomes of agribusiness are the facts that the
corporation owns the core resources that some of the food produced
is toxic to human health.
sustainable farming system that grows the land as it produces the
foods that sustain us and our health. Organic farming relies on
techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and
biological pest control. It uses fertilizers and pesticides but
excludes the use of manufactured fertilizers, pesticides, growth
regulators, antibiotics, food additives and genetically modified
Like organics, permaculture cares for the land and produces natural
healthy foods. It draws from several disciplines including organic
farming, agroforestry, integrated farming, sustainable development,
and applied ecology. Permaculture has been applied most commonly to
the design of housing and landscaping, integrating techniques such
as agroforestry, natural building, and rainwater harvesting within
the context of permaculture design principles and theory which makes
it a good system of restoring health to land made toxic and unusable
Biodynamics has much in common with other organic approaches – it
emphasizes the use of manures and composts and excludes the use of
artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the
biodynamic approach include its treatment of animals, crops, and
soil as a single ecosystem; an emphasis from its beginnings on local
production and distribution systems; its use of traditional and
development of new local breeds and varieties; and the use of an
astronomical sowing and planting calendar
Fish farming is a sound method of producing fish, however it is
often damaging to the environment.
Papers and research materials are welcome.
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