Changing the Food System

Trail #1 - Why the Food System Must be Changed

.... outlines the issues of the industrial food-production systems and outputs ... 'food from nowhere' global warming, etc. Traditional and local food systems, which reduce the problem face considerable pressure from it.

... investigates what can be done - when city-based community efforts to counter these impacts face overwhelming odds, and good-hearted intention through movements like Permaculture are stunted by land prices.

tractor spraying potato crop

2. Soil Damage: CO2 emissions

Issues...

  • Environmentally unsustainable technology,
  • The propaganda behind those technologies,
  • The staggering scale of the ensuing problems.

Cooler Planet Better Food. About 40% of the world’s people still feed themselves eco-sustainably. They are the village-based, usually traditional self-sufficient farmers often referred to as peasants. Nevertheless they produce about 70% of the entire world’s food supply, almost invariably by using sustainable methods. Until WWII the same could be said of Europe

How Industrial Food Causes Global Warming

This short documentary maps out the percentage of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result from the combined effects of conventional agriculture* and of the resulting westernised diet.

It directs attention to only viable style of sustainable agriculture -- family farming and local market gardening, while criticising Big-Ag's fake solutions to climate change; GMOs, the “green” economy, and “climate-smart” agriculture.


Together We Can Cool the Planet! –-- (17 mins.)
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Understanding Soil Organic Carbon

Soil Organic Carbon – the treasure beneath our feet (FAO)
(2017) Explains the importance of soil organic carbon for climate action, food production and sustainable living.
Plants capture carbon dioxide in their leaves and pump the carbon down through their roots to feed the microorganisms living in the soil. Now what had been atmospheric carbon, a problem, becomes organic soil carbon - a solution.

Covers the science well but fails to address the obvious solution. This is because any call to scale back industrial farming conflicts within the UN's 'sustainable develop goals' objectives ... agricultural reform is not mentioned.

Soil Organic Carbon (4 mins.) --Visit UN-FAO on Facebook

Healthy Soil can Heal the Atmosphere

[Forerunner to the above video] The year 2015 was declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Soils (IYS).

This commemorative video, was produced by its Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO). It explains the importance of soil as a carbon sink. This idea was news to many people at the time.


Soils Heal Global Warming -- (3 mins.)

Soil Solutions to Climate Problems

A powerful solution to the climate crisis can be found right beneath our feet—in the soil. By harnessing the immense power of photosynthesis, we can convert atmospheric carbon, a problem, into soil carbon, a solution.

Emerging science proves that shifting to regenerative forms of agriculture such as agroecology, agroforestry, cover-cropping, holistic grazing and permaculture will allow us to store excess carbon safely in the ground.


The Answer Lies in the Soil -- [4 mins.]
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