Environment: Support Organic Farming, Help save our Planet


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(Mercola.com) - The "faster, bigger, cheaper" approach to food is slowly draining dry our planet's resources and compromising your health.


The Earth's soil is depleting at more than 13 percent the rate it can be replaced.


The documentary "FRESH" celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system.


The film demonstrates how we can collectively transform the current "industrial agricultural paradigm" into a healthier, more sustainable way of feeding the world, while restoring the health of our ailing planet.


I hope you will set aside the time to watch it, as it will be time well spent.


We have already lost 75 percent of the world's crop varieties over the last century.


Over the past 10 years, we've had 100 million tons of herbicides dumped onto our crops, polluting our soil and streams.


The agriculture industry now tries to convince us that housing 110,000 to more than one million chickens or 20,000 hogs in a warehouse is a necessary practice to feed the masses.


-- The “faster, bigger, cheaper” approach to food production is unsustainable and contributing to the destruction of our planet and your health


-- It is time to shift our food paradigm toward one that is more focused on natural, organic and independent community farms that practice polyculture, as opposed to monoculture


-- Monoculture agricultural practices damage the soil, increase dependence on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, encourage the use of GMOs, and contribute to antibiotic resistant bacterial strains


-- The argument that small independent farms cost more to operate and are less profitable is a myth that has been disproven by science


-- Government subsidizes corn growers but not veggie growers, and massive food production monopolies like ADM and Cargill control the food chain from seed to plate, essentially holding farmers captive


The quality of our food is in free-fall, and disease is rampant. Not to mention that the quality of life for those animals is so horrid that many people cannot bear to look. Meanwhile, the human population on our little blue globe continues to rise, recently topping 7 billion souls. We simply cannot sustain this growth with our current model. If we continue along the present path, world hunger will continue to escalate without a viable way to meet the need.


Forging more sustainable alternatives is imperative if we hope to survive.


As illuminated in the film, one of the major issues is that farmers have been forced into the practice of monoculture, or monocropping, which is detrimental to our soil, water, plants, and animals—and therefore detrimental to us.

 
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