I’ve been thinking a lot about time, our place in time and how agriculture has allowed us to harness vast resources and change our environment.
They say that the universe banged into existence about 13 billion years ago. Seven million years ago, a group of bipedal primates stood up in Africa to evolve into humans. For 200,000 years, humans foraged for food, roaming in small communities. We migrated and adapted during ice ages and tectonic shifts to almost every corner of the globe.
Suddenly and simultaneously, humans domesticated plants and animals just 10,000 years ago. We settled in place and became agrarians. We cut and burned great forests to expand, with evidence showing a rise in global carbon during this era.
We began to write 5000 years ago and could now pass our collective knowledge on to future generations. Civilizations rose, and great walled cities with armies assembled.
In the 1960s, technology was applied in earnest with bio-engineered seeds in conjunction with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
With the advent of modern farming practices, we’ve seen a massive increase in food production and the human population.
But with this increase in production has come a rise in adverse environmental impacts.
Today we’re experiencing a reckoning of these impacts, a convergence of shifts in climate, food insecurity, political and social upheaval, and mass migration.
The time to adopt different paradigms in our food system is upon us, and Organic Agriculture leads the way.Continue reading “Time for Organic Ag”