A growing corps of climate experts have warned us repeatedly that we must stop burning fossil fuels; eliminate destructive food, farming and land use practices; and draw down enough carbon dioxide (CO2) from the Earth's atmosphere through regenerative farming/ranching and enhanced natural photosynthesis to return us to 350 parts per million (ppm) or, better yet, to pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm.
In a natural ecosystem, there are several layers of plant growth, starting with tall trees at the top, with shorter trees, medium and low shrubs, root crops, climbing plants and low-lying ground cover underneath. Home gardens will also benefit from cover crops, helping to improve the soil, attract beneficial insects and capture more sunlight (energy).
The plight of rural residents dependent on groundwater without city water options was recently covered by the Wall Street Journal, which reported that 6 "One in seven Americans drinks from private wells, which are being polluted by contaminants from manure and fertilizer." Groundwater Contamination Rising Across America The high levels of productivity in America's food system supply has taken a significant toll on the environment.
You can vote with your wallet by seeking out local farmers who use regenerative or biodynamic farming practices for your plant- and animal-based food products.
Reason No. 2: Regenerative Farming Protects Water Sources and Diminishes Water Demands Industrial agriculture also promotes water waste through use of flood irrigation, destruction of soil quality and poor crop choices.
Annual monocrops destroy the soil and the surrounding ecosystems, whereas regenerative agriculture rebuilds it, increasing soil organic matter and leading to a number of beneficial outcomes.
Fish farms, with their large numbers of salmon living in close proximity, are ideal breeding grounds for sea lice, and there’s potential for lice on salmon farms to infect wild salmon, damaging their populations.