“We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.” – E. O. Wilson
We hear it over and over: Industrial agriculture–with its factory farms, pesticides and chemical fertilizers–is the only way to feed a burgeoning global population.
It’s not true. But that doesn’t stop Monsanto or Tyson or Cargill from repeating the lie.
This week, the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued this warning: Unless we radically change our ways, one million species face extinction. The report was the result of a three-year study by 145 authors from 50 countries.
Clearly, we aren't treating "every scrap of biodiversity as priceless."
One of the biggest extinguishers of biodiversity on this planet is industrial agriculture. Its chemicals and monocultures destroy soil, plants, insects and wildlife. Not to mention what its toxic food does to humans.
Robert Watson, chair of the IPBES report, offered a sliver of hope: It’s not too late to repair and sustain nature, he said, if we act now in transformative ways.
We already know how to repair nature and feed the world—both at the same time. It’s called regenerative agriculture.
Regenerative agriculture works with nature. It incorporates beneficial insects, birds and other animals into growing food and livestock grazing practices.
Regenerative agriculture is the transformation we need. What will it take to make that happen? All of us. Working together. Working strategically. Working with urgency.