The following is originally posted on Common Dreams. Written by Deirdre Fulton.
the first of a planned series of similar gatherings around the world,
will focus on uniting movements, developing campaigns, and creating a
global media plan to communicate specifically how restoring soil health
can reverse damage to ecosystems around the world.
is new science that’s connecting the food issues with the climate
issue, making it more and more clear that by fixing the soil, and fixing
the way we produce food, we can fix the climate as well," said Ronnie
Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association, in
a press release on Monday.
Reports have shown how
regenerative farming and ranching techniques — such as "holistic
grazing," which makes use of the movement and behavior of the grazing
animals to break up and fertilize dry soil — can restore farmland and
produce yields similar to industrial techniques, leading to far greater
food security. In addition, the groups behind the conference point out
that healthy soil can reduce the amount of water necessary to grow crops
by as much as 60 percent.
"Bringing soil to the center
of our consciousness and our planning is vital not only for the life of
the soil, but also for the future of our society," said Vandana Shiva,
global activist and author of Soil Not Oil.
co-founder of the Regeneration International Working Group, added:
"Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food
crisis, the health crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of