Help the Planet
Organic farming uses beneficial farming practices to support the microbes that build healthy soil. Building healthy soil means capturing carbon and that helps the planet.
Crop plants can take carbon from the atmosphere and convert it into plant roots. The more plants growing on a piece of ground the more plant roots there are and the more carbon can be captured. It is the microbes which turn the plant roots into healthy soil.
The above densely planted beds show how innovative trends in BC urban farming capture carbon to grow food while maintaining healthy soil.
More Plants = More Roots = MORE CARBON-Capture
Can food production be designed to help the planet?
Beneficial farming practices that rely on biological processes instead of industrial chemicals are part of the climate-change solution. Good research exists to show us what needs to be done. Farmers from across the country have shown how using soil building practices are also very profitable as cash costs are reduced and yields are maintained. We just need to help more farmers adopt these practices.
It turns out that carbon capture farming is good for consumers that buy the food because healthy soil produces nutrient dense food. This kind of farming is good for the economy too because profitable farms spend money locally.
Finally, a great way to help the planet is to sequester carbon in the soil for the long term. This means grow plants in the soil most of the time using reduced tillage and no petrochemical fertilizers or pesticides. Should society pay farmers for using farming practices that help the planet?
Would this not be a better investment for our children then subsidies for the tar sands?