, Soil + Water + Seed + Light = Food, Livestock + Water + Food = Food Water Scarcity: UN Water
72% of all water withdrawals are used by agriculture, 16% by municipalities for households and services, and 12% by industries. (UN-Water 2021)
When a territory withdraws 25% or more of its renewable freshwater resources it is said to be ‘water-stressed’.
Interdependency Food does not grow without soil, water, and light, that is the basics. Where we go astray is in our lack of understanding of diversity, balance, replenishment, and waste. Our understanding of agriculture and how our planet works is in its infancy, yet we have arrogantly set forth to prove we can do better that the natural order by industrializing the process. There are always choices and with them consequences. The choices we have made are showing clear consequences that may starve us into extinction in this century. Harsh, yes, but also a real possibility if we allow things to continue as they are. We Need Solutions There are many pieces out there. What we need is to bring them together into the puzzle and determine a strategy to shift to more sustainable and resilient ways of producing food. Here are some elements we have determined are important in considering potential solutions:
Local production, reducing carbon pollution, and travel associated costs. This might also help in the food dumping and waste issues.
Re-establishing diversity and creating local seed storage to preserve the future.
Develop local cooperative management models that provide diverse points of view and greater information on which to base decisions.
Utilizing passive technology, natural systems and permaculture to create stronger growing ecosystems.
Reduce (eliminate) chemical dependency and intrusive industrial growing techniques.
Look to synergistic approaches like the Green Power House to provide primary, secondary growing, and process that benefit both agriculture and quality of life.
Make farm to table the standard instead of the exception.