Human food systems are evolving simultaneously in two opposite directions on Earth. One direction is evolving toward high-tech/petro-intensive agriculture. The other direction is moving toward soil-restorative and solar sustainable techniques and technologies. Only this second direction holds promise for the long-term survival of human civilizations within the enduring perameters of Earth’s ecosystem.
The first direction is currently by far the most prevalent and profitable and is favored by nation-states, international organizations and corporations on all levels. The tragedy is that this approach is destructive of the top soil, water resources and biologically diversity that resilient agricultural systems require to sustain complex civilizations. Moreover, its continued and expanded dependence upon the subsidies from fossilized carbon will ultimately assure its collapse. Humankind now lives in a rapidly changing environment which itself is substantially the result of an abrupt shift in Earth’s climate regime resulting from the excessive combustion of terrestrial carbon in our petro-dependent civilization. A global food system that has come to depend upon non-renewable energy sources will ultimately not be renewed.
By contrast, the soil-restorative and regenerative agricultural technologies that are emerging as an alternative to petro-intensive agriculture hold the only realistic hope for sustaining the human prospect in the future. In addition to assuring a reliable food supply for humans themselves it re-inserts the entire human endeavor within Earth’s bio-geo-chemical cycling processes and builds the long term capacity of soils and global biological systems to sequester the excessive atmospheric carbon that is currently destabilizing Earth’s climate regime.
For related historical and ecological background material see:
- “Just take the case of agriculture…”
- The mistake of petro-intensive agriculture – the UNA “Global Engagement Summit” – 22 February 2019
- Soils, Agriculture, Carbon Sequestration and Human Survival
- The “Green Revolution:” Its Essence, Achievements & Aftermath
- The Water Rodney Lecture – T. C. Weiskel
- “Overview Effect” & Transition Studies: Working for Sustainable Human Survival in a Finite Ecosystem
- Launch of the 2021 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report (SOFI 2021)
Video summary of the SOFI 2021 Report:
- The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021
- The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 | FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
- COVID-19 Lays Bare South Africa’s Rampant Inequality & Fault Lines of Post-Apartheid Society
- ‘People aren’t starving, they are being starved’: Humanitarian agencies is sue joint call for funds to avert famine | World Food Programme
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