The Nerw Food Frontier
A GROWING MOVEMENT IN FARMING IS PRODUCING FOOD THAT IS MORE NUTRITIOUS WHILE REDUCING POLLUTION AND RESTORING HEALTH TO LAND, WATER, CROPS, ANIMALS, AND AIR
It turns out that going organic was just the tip of the iceberg. Find out about an exciting new agricultural movement that’s producing more nutritious food by restoring health to the land, water, and air.
Thousands of years ago, agriculture started changing civilization. As humans figured out ways to grow crops and domesticate animals, they stopped being hunters and gatherers who continually moved around on a never- ending search for food and shelter, and created communities with distinct cultures. And eventually, we ended up where we are today.
While industrial farming on a grand scale has become very effi cient, it has degraded the quality of soil. “As the soil has been mined of its fertility, we’ve seen the loss of vitamins and minerals within foods,” says Ann Adams, PhD, executive director of Holistic Management International, a nonprofi t organization that educates farmers in regenerative agriculture. “If we have a truly living, fertile soil, that’s very diff erent than dirt that’s being used to grow food by putting in synthetic fertilizer and herbicides and pesticides,” she adds.
During the past 80 years, tests performed by the United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA) show the concentration of essential vitamins and minerals in our food, especially vegetables, has dropped by 5– 80 percent, depending upon the nutrient. Depleted soil also makes land more vulnerable to climate changes that destroy crops and threaten our food supply, and increases air pollution. But a regenerative way of farming can reverse these trends.