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’.
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 to both agriculture and quality of life.
- Make farm to table the standard instead of the exception.
The Food 4 All Grow Center Concept
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Dominos and Dots
- Food Crops: Nutrient Fluctuations and Malnutrition
- Vanishing Nutrients
- 70 Years of Nutritional Decline
- Cadmium toxicity in plants: Impacts and remediation strategies
- Cadmium Levels in Soils and Crops in the United States
- The world needs topsoil to grow 95% of its food – but it's rapidly disappearing
- Soil erosion must be stopped ‘to save our future’
- Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues
- THE STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 2021
- Without Enough Water To Go Around, Farmers In California Are Exhausting Aquifers
- Groundwater Recharge in California
- California Agricultural Production Statistics
- Agricultural Biodiversity
- 10 things you should know about industrial farming
- The Hidden Costs of Industrial Agriculture
- Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance
- Big Agriculture Is Leading to Ecological Collapse
- 'A disastrous situation': mountains of food wasted
- The true costs of US agricultural dumping
- Struggling to Make Ends Meet: Food Insecurity in CA
- Local Food Systems